School addresses digital skills gap

Lomond School pupils work on increasing their digital skills.

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Lomond School in Helensburgh has welcomed a new programme encouraging people of all ages to develop their digital skills from coding and automation, to GDPR, fake news and cyber security.

The online platform, The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA), is about addressing the current digital skills gap with online modules to help employability through a series of challenges that earn points towards a bronze, silver or gold award.

Lomond School hopes to invite the community to take part in the course later in the year, with pupils who are confident among certain modules eventually teaching the evening classes.

To launch the course, the school’s three houses, Bergius, Colquhoun and Graham, went head to head last week to achieve the highest number of badges among pupils and teachers, with pupils from primary six upwards taking part. In the first week alone, 158 participants completed more than 800 badges becoming tech savvy with subjects such as fake news, automation, graphic design, virtual reality and game designing.