Older people and low-income people should receive Scottish government-funded training on iPads and Chromebooks


As part of the Connecting Scotland program, the Scottish Government will invest money in the provision of Apple iPads, Google Chromebooks, technical skills training and unlimited data for one year.

About 23,000 people will receive new skills and online training to help improve their chances of finding a job or reducing isolation.

The Scottish government says this will build on previous funding to help more people access the internet.

This includes people at high risk of Covid-19, residents of nursing homes, disadvantaged families with children and young people leaving care.

Residents of nursing homes will be able to access iPads and Chromebooks

This latest funding also gives an existing group of 36,000 recipients another year of unlimited data, with funding requests due on July 5.

Since its launch in May 2020, the program has reached more than 36,000 households.

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Any new person can be nominated to receive a device by a local or third sector organization or they can apply through one of two channels.

One is aimed at boosting employability and the other is a fast-track process targeting those who are isolated due to the pandemic – especially single parents or people with disabilities.

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Connecting Scotland is organized in partnership with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organizations (SCVO) and local authorities working with a wide range of local, public and third sector organizations.

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