Google's Digital Bus to come to Orpington to offer advice
PUBLISHED: 15:12 29 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:12 29 November 2018
Google's Digital Garage will be coming to Orpington this Friday (November 30), offering people free advice and coaching on digital skills to help grow their business, career and confidence.
The bespoke training courses offered in Orpington will include: stay safe online, social media strategy, build a digital marketing plan and CV building.
Free face-to-face coaching on a one-to-one basis will be offered for people with any level of experience, from advice on taking the first steps online, to building personal brands.
In just three years the Google Digital Garage has trained over 300,000 people in over 500 locations.
The bus is a mobile training hub with expert trainers and mentors on board, set to visit ten London locations before Christmas.
While London is currently ranked as the second most-connected tech ecosystem in the world, the long-term upskilling of workers is an ongoing focus area.
Presently, London employers are facing a wider skills gap problem, according to local government association London Councils.
Despite the rising population, the number of cases where employers have been unable to fill a vacancy due to skills shortages has more than doubled since 2011 – rising from 14,000 to 37,000.
Ronan Harris, managing director Google UK, said: “We’re thrilled to bring the Google Digital Garage and, for the first time, offer free digital skills training to Londoners and businesses right here in the capital and specifically those in Orpington.”
Jo Johnson, MP for Orpington, said: “I’m delighted that Google are bringing the Digital Garage bus to Orpington High Street.
“Digital skills are increasingly important in the modern workplace, and the Google Digital Garage bus helps to provide people with the skills and confidence they need to reach their full potential. I hope that the residents of Orpington will take full advantage of this fantastic opportunity.”
The Google Digital Garage Bus will be parked outside WHSmith/The Post Office on Orpington High Street, BR6 0PF on Friday November 30, from 10am - 3.30pm.
Visitors can either book in advance or simply drop by for on-the-spot help.
For more information, or to sign up to a session, visit: g.co/digitalgaragebus.