We cherry-pick from a range of interventions available to us from our fantastic partners, so each month we are shining a light on a different support offer. This time we’re looking at BRIC in Blyth who provide IT support to Bridge beneficiaries.
BRIC: Blyth Resource & Initiative Centre – providing IT support
BRIC offers IT support to Bridge beneficiaries with all people starting on the programme taking an Initial Digital Assessment (IDA). The IDA is a simple questionnaire which their IT tutors use to assess a person’s IT Literacy. Once the assessment has been completed, the Tutors will recommend the type of training they believe the beneficiary needs. The training can be undertaken by the Bridge IT Tutors, at a location of the beneficiaries choosing, or at BRIC’s offices in Blyth.
Service maintained during lockdown
Despite lockdown, the IDAs were completed over the phone, so their service in this area was unaffected. BRIC’s office is now up and running again so IT Training has restarted for beneficiaries.
Sharon Fawcett, who manages BRIC, said of their service:
“The feedback we receive from beneficiaries regarding our courses is always very positive. We live in an increasingly digital world and it is essential everyone has an understanding of technology for many different reasons.
“We often find at BRIC that people who have low IT literacy are a little afraid of computers but we strive to make our courses as relaxed as possible, they are designed to help allay these fears and we tailor, what and how we deliver, to the needs of the individual.”
Hear from a BRIC client:
“My Bridge worker got me help from partners including IT training from BRIC, this helped me progress and know what direction I wanted to take and help me land my dream job.”
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