Digital Skills or Inclusion Initiative of the Year

From Basic Digital Skills or Inclusion to executive education. This award is for a product or service, which in the last year has delivered a real impact in terms of digital skills or inclusion to its intended community.

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Read & Write

Read & Write is enabling Network Rail to meet its commitment to a fully inclusive culture and workplace
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Network Rail's Diversity Inclusion Strategy: Read & Write
Read & Write is enabling Network Rail to meet its commitment to a fully inclusive culture and workplace. This assistive technology is openly available to all employees, enabling them to meet their full potential. Benefits include discreet help with everyday tasks like reading on-screen text, screen masking, conversion to MP3 audio files, on-screen highlighters, mind mapping, proofing written documents and emails. Links to more information:

Liverpool Girl Geeks

Liverpool Girl Geeks promote opportunities for females to enter the tech industry, through mentored projects, events and aspiration raising
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Liverpool Girl Geeks
Addressing gender and economic imbalance, Liverpool Girl Geeks promote opportunities for females to enter the tech industry, through mentored projects, events and aspiration raising. We believe that by promoting inclusion for all and breaking down the current gender stereotypes we will also begin to address the digital skills gap. Links to more information:

PSNI Online Firearms Application

The PSNI Firearms Explosives Branch rolled out a digital inclusion programme to ensure the public could be upskilled to use the new licence application form
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PSNI Online Firearms Application

Police Service of Northern Ireland - PSNI Online Firearms Application assisted digital

The PSNI Firearms Explosives Branch rolled out a digital inclusion programme to ensure the public could be upskilled to use the new licence application form. A number of road shows were carried out across Northern Ireland, and approximately 1,100 applications have been completed online since 16 January.

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Go ON Croydon / Go ON Lewisham

The Doteveryone Boroughs programme showed how hard to engage people can be helped to take their first steps into the digital world
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Go ON Croydon / Go ON Lewisham
The Doteveryone Boroughs programme showed how hard to engage people can be helped to take their first steps into the digital world. Through informal, hyper-local engagement more than 7500 people took those steps resulting in significant increase in digital skills in the pilot boroughs of Croydon and Lewisham. Links to more information:

Cyber Security Challenge UK

Cyber Security Challenge UK is an initiative to encourage more people into cyber security careers
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Encouraging diversity in cyber security
Cyber Security Challenge UK is an initiative to encourage more people into cyber security careers. Through a host of games and events, they inspire people nationwide to consider this lucrative career. Now, the organisation is going above and beyond to encourage diversity; from gender to neurodiversity to different socioeconomic backgrounds. Links to more information:

Full Fibre from Hyperoptic

Hyperoptic is working with councils and housing associations across the UK, providing access to full fibre broadband
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Full Fibre from Hyperoptic
Hyperoptic is working with councils and housing associations across the UK, providing access to full fibre broadband. It is supporting and exceeding the government's digital by default initiative by giving tenants access free for low price fibre, while enabling upgrades to the country's fastest and most consistent Internet service. Links to more information:

AXSChat

#AXSChat is a great example of how social media allows people to come together and break down silos
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AXSChat
Since March 2015 the #AXSChat Hashtag has appeared in people's feeds over 1.5 Billion times. Discussions are lively; Chats average between 3 5000 tweets in the space of little over 1 hour so. #AXSChat (pronounced Access Chat) is:
  • A collaboration between Antonio Santos, Debra Ruh and Neil Milliken
  • A simple concept:
    • 30 minute video interview on topics related to innovation in inclusion and accessibility.
    • 60 minute structured QA on twitter.
    • Open to everyone!
  • Top 3 global twitter chat (on any topic!)
  • A powerful  growing community
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PEEEPs On Route Programme

Determined to fill the digital skills gap, Safe In Tees Valley and RAW initiated a first of it's kind programme.
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PEEEPs On Route Programme
RAW Digital Training, Safe in Tees Valley - PEEEPs On Route Programme Determined to fill the digital skills gap, Safe In Tees Valley and RAW initiated a first of it's kind programme. Delivering cutting edge industry digital skills to those who are 16-29 and unemployed, paired with real life quality work experience that has proved innovative and effective in helping learners reach their next step.Learners have gone into careers from digital marketing and IT to cyber security. Links to more information:

Barefoot Computing

The Barefoot Project provides free computing workshops and resources for primary school teachers across the UK.
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Barefoot Computing

Barefoot is a UK-wide project designed to help primary teachers understand and engage with computational thinking. The approaches provide pupils with an understanding of the building blocks of the digital world.

It does this by offering free workshops, free resources and free lesson plans. This is all designed to give those teachers confidence in their own abilities, because every primary school teacher should feel confident about exploring and teaching computational thinking. Barefoot believes all teachers and pupils deserve support in this critical field.

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#DigitalCity

Think PokemonGo for digital skills; that's #DigitalCity. A city wide trail for young people to connect with local digital businesses and find out what skills they need
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DigitalCity
The 26yo founder of relevance agency KakeCo; helping businesses to stay relevant in today's world. With a passion for 'health, education and the environment', Kieran Miles also founded the Norfolk based youth leadership programme LeadNorfolk and the digital skills trail #DigitalCity. Links to more information: