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Digital skills are broadly defined as those needed to “use digital devices, communication applications, and networks to access and manage information. This covers a huge range and variety of skills, of course. There are different tiers of digital skills. At the bottom, we have what the UK Department for Education (DfE) calls “digital foundation skills”. These are the basic digital skills that will be second nature to Millennials and Generation Z digital natives, however they may have to be learned by older generations.


The UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) is aiming to support people and communities most in need across the UK. It is a short pilot programme aiming to find new approaches to support -with the aims to invest in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. 

Good Things Foundation

As a member of Online Centres Network, Teakisi has partnered with Good Things Foundation – a social change charity established in 2011, with the aim to help people improve their lives through digital. The Online Centres Network is made up of thousands of grassroots organisations, all working to tackle digital and social exclusion by providing people with the skills and confidence they need to access digital technology.


The project will seek to develop and evaluate a community digital skills and support pathway that engages people (from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, North Tyneside or Northumberland) who are socially and economically excluded and for whom Essential Digital Skills (EDS) is the primary barrier to progression, to help them:

  • Gain Essential Digital Skills
  • Progress to further learning, including publicly-funded EDS training
  • Increase their employability
  • Overall – bridge the gap between informal, community-based digital skills provision and formal, publicly-funded EDS training
  • At a wider level, the programme will also strengthen relationships between adult learning providers and trusted community organisations, in collaboration with the Combined Authority.


To qualify for CRF skills support, a person must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Is 18 over years and under 69 years 
  • Is currently unemployed, employed in a zero hours contract or a carer
  • Is not enrolled in other learning courses with any provider (apart from ESOL)
  • Has not already taken part in this programme (no repeat enrolments)
  • Has no or low digital skills (< level 1)
  • Is resident in the NewcastleNorth Tyneside and Northumberland Local Authorities (North of Tyne)

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Formal checks on the beneficiaries of this programme will have to be curried out, and on completion, a diagnosis is generated summarising the person’s eligibility outcomes. The process will establish if the beneficiary is eligible for:

Skills support 


Skills support and a device and data package 

Do you think you qualify to be part of this programme? Please click on the link below and complete the short form, and a member of our team will get in touch with you.

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