e-skills UK has today launched GO ON you can do IT – a free website designed to give job seekers the digital skills they need both to search and apply for vacancies online and use technology once they enter the workplace.
The site can be used by both individual job seekers and the organisations that help them, with internet access – either at home or at a local learning or job centre – the only requirement to access it.
Once an individual is registered, the site provides a friendly and supportive means of determining their current digital skills. It then gives immediate learning and help to improve them, initially in four areas: using the internet; using email; writing letters and CVs; and being safe and secure online.
Martin Harvey, Director of Employability and Entrepreneurship Skills at e-skills UK, explains: “As employers increase their use of the internet to advertise vacancies, job seekers who can’t use the web or email, or write a CV or covering letter electronically are missing out on as much as a quarter of jobs available.”
“The skills individuals learn through GO ON you can do IT will help address this, and also hold them in good stead for the workplace – web, email and word processing expertise are considered essential by most employers today.”
Though freely available to job seekers nationwide now, GO ON you can do IT is also playing a role in Go ON UK’s North East Pathfinder programme, which starts this month.
Graham Walker, CEO, Go ON UK, comments: “A big part of Go ON North East, our programme to boost the Basic Online Skills of every person, small business and charity across the North East of England, is to make people and organisations aware of free help and resources.
“That’s why we’re delighted to support GO ON you can do IT and believe it will be highly beneficial to job seekers and anyone wanting to gain the digital skills needed to benefit from the web.”
In future, e-skills UK is planning to add more topics to the site, to cater for a wider range of users. For example, office-based skills for individuals who have recently started work or leisure-based skills, to help more people use internet banking, online shopping or local digital services.
e-skills UK is keen to hear from organisations to collaborate on these new topics – employers, supermarkets, banks, local authorities or libraries, for instance.
The development of GO ON you can do IT has received co-investment from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills through the Employer Investment Fund.