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To explore the impact of these figures UK online centres, and the research agency ICM, surveyed employers with the aim of uncovering their views on the IT skills they look for in employees and their attitudes towards advertising jobs online.
These slides present the findings of the ICM/UK online centres survey, February 2012
Using the PwC* figure of a £12,430 increase to a lifetime's earnings of a learner finding work quicker online , UK online centres learners have seen a total increases to their lifetime income of
(*Economic Case for Digital Inclusion, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Martha Lane Fox, 2009)
UK online centres in action - a case study Remington Mills, from Middlesbrough had been out of work for 8 months, when he visited his local UK online centre, the Hope Foundation, where he gained the IT skills he needed and soon found work. “ I don’t think it would have been possible without the help of everyone at the Hope Foundation. And it’s not just the job and the training. I’m really proud of my new skills but the centre has made me more confident too. It changed my life, I just wish I’d done it all years before!” Hope Foundation tutor Andrew Donaghy with Remington Mills (right)
“ Often, people just don’t realise just how important IT skills are when you’re looking for a job - these days, most jobs need IT skills and are advertised online. If you can’t use the internet to find out about vacancies, you’re missing out on opportunities straight away.
“ Since we’ve been working with UK online centres, there hasn’t been a single person who’s failed to get the hang of the computers. It’s rewarding seeing people go from being apprehensive to being confident internet users. On top of looking for work it helps them contact old friends, find out about public services online and organise their social lives – making a difference to their lives as well as their job search.” Kim Sweeney, Jobcentre Plus Digital Champion, Blackpool
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