Tameside has been chosen to star in filming to help showcase an initiative that’s boosting digital and enterprise skills.
Tameside Council launched the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) in Tameside and Glossop on September 2 to help local people of all ages learn new digital skills.
Aspiring to be the digital and enterprise equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the initiative was founded by and is backed by The Duke of York.
Prince Andrew’s office invited Tameside Council to take part in filming showing staff and residents participating in the project.
A film crew toured Tameside, including attending a job club session at Tameside ACE. They also filmed Council apprentices at Two Trees offices in Denton, who were the first to take part in Tameside and Glossop before the scheme is opened to other council staff. They spoke about the many benefits of using iDEA. Also interviewed were Assistant Director of Learning Tim Bowman at Ashton Old Baths and Employment and Skills team project officer Kieran Hemmings, who is among the first to complete the Silver Award and is passing on his experience to others.
Good digital skills are increasingly needed in society and the workplace, from accessing Universal Credit online to securing the latest jobs in the growing tech industry. Tameside Council is co-ordinating the scheme to help everyone by attracting businesses to the borough, increasing the number of well-paid jobs and encouraging entrepreneurship to boost local economic growth, as well as health across Tameside and Glossop through improved access to information and reduced isolation.
The free programme can be completed individually, as a family or in a group using a mobile phone, tablet or computer. It’s simple to use for all abilities and backgrounds and there’s no pressure or time limit. Participants use interactive learning modules to win career-enhancing badges and gain industry recognised awards to help them stand out from the crowd. The badges cover a wide range of topics, such as staying safe online, animation, basic coding, web design and entrepreneurial skills.
Our very own Tameside and Glossop badge has even been created for everyone taking part locally, which counts towards a Bronze Award. Residents can get the Tameside & Glossop badge with the (case sensitive) badge code: TandGiDEA
Councillor Leanne Feeley, Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, said: “We’re grateful for the Duke of York’s team including us in the filming following our successful launch of iDEA in Tameside and Glossop.
“iDEA is free, fun and flexible and it’s great that residents are getting involved to improve their digital skills and showing the nation what they’ve learnt and how others can benefit. Having good digital skills is vital in modern society and I’d urge everyone to get involved to see how iDEA can help you get ahead.”
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