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Welcome on board to our new tutors, James and Esther

We have two new colleagues from today who will help us deliver the Use I.T. classes across Edinburgh. So let's welcome them to the team and wish them the best of luck!

The truth about young people's computer skills

According to a survey carried out by Prince's Trust at the beginning of 2013, "one in 10 unemployed young people (10%) cannot send their CV online, while more than one in six (17%) believe they would be in work today if they had better computer skills".

The report suggests that "one in ten unemployed youngsters (10%) are embarrassed by their lack of computer skills, while more than one in six (17%) admit they do not apply for jobs which require basic computer skills". That would explain why the Digital Skills Academy have only had one person under the age of 25 doing the beginners computer course since October 2012. Youth advisers at Community Renewal say that many young people believe that by being able to use social media (e.g. Facebook) youngsters consider themselves computer literate, although they might not be able to write a Word document, work with Excel spreadsheets or fill in online job applications.

Although we expect young people to have computer skills because they have access to computers at  school, we forget that not everyone actually has access to a computer or the internet. The Scottish Government report released in 2011, Scotland's Digital Future A Strategy for Scotland, shows that the reason why people do not use the internet are:

  • lack of interest
  • financial considerations
  • lack of access to a computer
  • lack of confidence or knowledge

The Scottish Government promises to find options for recycling computer equipment and making it affordable for individuals and community centres. Meantime, they suggest using the libraries for getting access to IT. That is what the Digital Skills Academy have advised their trainees to do as well, especially because many of them do not own a computer. However, most say that it is difficult to get access to a library computer because they seem to be always busy. What can we do then? There is a lot of room for improvement and the Government needs to provide more support. The computers available in community centres in Edinburgh are also old and out of date, which doesn't help either. But hey, they're getting updated soon.


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Taster sessions for computer networking courses

The Digital Skills Academy are offering free Microsoft and Cisco certified courses in computer networking for anyone aged between 16 and 24 to be delivered at our IT suite at Castlebrae Business Centre.  No particular qualifications are required, just an interest in IT.

Open days offering taster sessions are taking place 7th, 8th and 9th May at Castlebrae Business Centre, Peffer Place, Edinburgh EH16 4BB. For more information and to book a space on the taster sessions, call us now on 0131 661 8888 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Congratulations to our first students for finishing the course

Congratulations to the first wave of students who have earned their certificate! You have been working hard and your efforts have been rewarded. You can now use your Microsoft Digital Literacy Certificate awarded by The Digital Skills Academy in your search for a job. We wish you all the best and please view our latest courses if you want to



First week

The Digital Skills Academy’s first programme Use I.T. has successfully launched this week. People seem to be interested in improving their computer skills and adding the Microsoft Certificate to their CV, which should enhance their chances in getting a job. Some of our classrooms were full in the first week and that is fantastic.

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