Council awarded digital award for royal iDEA scheme

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Wigan Council has won the Digital Leaders 100 award in the ‘Digital Skills or Inclusion Initiative of the Year’ category thanks to their hard-work rolling out the Duke of York’s iDEA initiative.

The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) is a nationally recognised scheme giving learners of all ages the opportunity to broaden their digital knowledge and develop their skills using interactive learning modules that represent different ‘badges’.

In 2017, Wigan Council was chosen to be the pioneer for iDEA and since then, more than 1,000 learners have completed more than 13,500 badges, resulting in almost 300 people completing their bronze award.

And, earlier this year HRH Prince Andrew the Duke of York came to Leigh Turnpike Gallery in March to present the learners with their certificates.

Through The Deal, Wigan Council is committed to helping residents get online and feel comfortable using digital resources. The local authority has been an advocate for digital upskilling since publishing their digital strategy in 2015.

According to Tech Partnership and Lloyds Banking Group, digital exclusion in Wigan has reduced from medium in 2015 to low in 2017 and is much lower than most adjoining boroughs.

The council has also previously won the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) award for Digital Council of the Year and were named Digital Leaders’ Digital Council of the Year in 2016.