Internet Exchange, the UK’s largest chain of high street internet stores, is now able to offer free IT Training to Small and Medium Sized companies with up to 225 employees. (SMEs) in the Bristol area thanks to funding from the Learning and Skills Council West of England and the European Social Fund. The project aims to develop the use of IT in the workplace, to meet the needs of both employers and individuals, and to improve business competitiveness as a result.
Participating SMEs will also learn about the potential of the Information Society and the value of the internet as a business tool for access to information and knowledge. Internet Marketing Services SMEs who are public service suppliers will also be able to maintain existing contracts by learning about the e-procurement legislation relating to local authorities.
The free training courses covered by the scheme include everything from an introduction to the internet to training in major software packages such as Outlook. Registration for training can be undertaken in two Internet Exchange training centres in Bristol, at the Internet Exchange store at 23-25 Queens Road, BS8 and the Bristol Life store, 27-29 Baldwin Road, BS1.
At both locations a full initial training needs analysis will be conducted, then training can be undertaken within the Internet Exchange stores or in the workplace where technically possible. Each ONE can receive 50 hours of free training, to be apportioned among its employees.