Google brings pop-up ‘Digital Garage’ to Newcastle

The garage in Newcastle City Library will offer free digital skills training and one-to-one mentoring to local people, students and entrepreneurs...

Google has today announced the opening of a pop-up ‘Digital Garage’ in Newcastle City Library, offering free digital skills training to locals in a bid to boost digital skills in the city.

Open five days a week, a team of “digital teachers” will offer free one-on-one mentoring and training to small businesses wishing to grow online and people looking to improve their employability, alongside graduates, students and entrepreneurs.

The Digital Garage will also play host to training events for charities, computer science classes for students and teachers, and a range of other activities.

These digital teachers are also set to visit other districts of Newcastle to conduct training and mentoring in other local communities where there is demand.

Anyone in Newcastle interested in improving their digital skills can sign up for workshops and events here. The Digital Garage is open from 22 April to the beginning of July 2016.

Eileen Naughton, Google’s managing director for the UK & Ireland, commented: “We are bringing the Google Garage to Newcastle because we believe Google can be a growth engine for businesses all across the UK – from start-ups to established companies.”

Chi Onwurah, member of parliament for Newcastle Central and shadow minister for culture & the digital economy, added:

“Newcastle’s future economy will be digitally driven, I want everyone to be able to benefit from the fantastic opportunities digital is bringing so I urge all local businesses to take full advantage of the new Google Digital Garage.”

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