Winner of the BT Community Connections Plus Award 2012

BT Community Connections AwardsG2G Communities BT community Connections Plus Winner G2G communities CIC has been informed that it is the all Wales winner of the 2012 BT Community Connections Plus Award. Out of 160 centres 40 from across the UK were selected to go into the final award. G2G Communities CIC was awarded the outright winner for Wales and will receive a small sum of funding which it will use to purchase equipment and resources that can be taken out into rural areas for ICT/Digital Photography and a range of other courses. Well done to Moira (CEO), Jenny (Learner support) and all the learners that provided case studies for the award.

One of our learners said ‘I really enjoy the time I spend at the unit in the cause of completing LearnDirect courses. I look forward to doing other courses at G2G and would certainly recommend this style of adult learning in Rhyl to one and all!’ View more case studies from our learners.

G2G COMMUNITIES CIC, RHYL, WALES The Office for National Statistics announced that unemployment figures in the UK are at their highest in 17 years . This is evident in Rhyl in Wales, which was named the ‘unemployment capital of Wales’ by the Daily Post in 2011 . The issue of mass unemployment in Rhyl is being directly addressed by community organisation, G2G Communities. G2G is attempting to tackle unemployment by offering tailored ICT training to help get individuals back into jobs or even to start their own businesses.

Moira Lockitt at G2G Communities CIC, who appreciates employer expectations of prospective employees, said:

Nearly all employers require employees to have computer skills so ICT is high on our agenda for helping people back into employment.” This identification of the importance of computer and internet skills to job seekers led G2G to create an IT and computer training course which helps people obtain the necessary skills to help them find employment.

G2G runs IT classes and teaches everything from CV writing and basic internet skills to more advanced web-hosting and social media networking. One new, unemployed learner commented: “I first came to a training session as I knew nothing about computer skills but knew they would help me get back into employment. I have already learnt so many new skills, which I am sure have enhanced my job prospects.” A trainee getting help with a new business start up said:

I feel much more confident on the computer after a few lessons at G2G. I am starting my own one-to-one dog training business and feel the skills that I am learning will help me immensely especially with setting up finance systems.

G2G received a BT Community Connections award of one years’ free broadband which allows it to continue its work. The local community in Rhyl has subsequently benefited as G2G has helped to get many local residents, addressing their skills shortages which may be preventing them from finding work.

Throughout 2011, seventy six new users were introduced to the internet for the first time, 117 people attended four or more training sessions, 56 people now use the internet regularly and 20 have installed internet at their own homes.

In return for monthly feedback and reports updating BT of its progress over the year, G2G has been chosen as the overall BT community Connections Plus winner and has received £2,000 to continue its fantastic ICT work. The money will be used to purchase more laptops so that it can go out into the rural areas to engage with more learners and carry on addressing unemployment in Wales.

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