Leeds Develop Mum's Digital Skills
Leeds City Council launches a programme that gives mums the opportunity to develop and enhance their digital skills.
15:27 22 January 2019
Leeds City Council has launched an ambitious new programme that aims to ensure that mums are given the opportunity to develop new digital skills. This makes Leeds the first city outside of London to deliver the learning classes as part of the #techmumsClubs initiative.
The 10-week course, which covers basic coding and online safety and social media, has helped other mothers find jobs.
Councillor James Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for resources and sustainability, said: “We are delighted that Leeds will be the first city outside of London to host a #techmumsClubs programme. Through our wide-ranging 100% Digital Leeds initiative, we want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn new tech skills to improve their day-to-day use of technology and support new work and career ambitions, and this new club for mums is a great addition to our overall programme.”
Dr. Sue Black OBE, founder of #Techmums, said: “When I founded #Techmums, I did it with one aim: to empower women through technology. As a single mum, I brought my own family out of poverty through technology and education, so I know its power first hand. Today it’s easy to see technology as the enemy, where as in fact it can be life-changing in an incredibly positive way. Our courses help women harness that potential in their own lives, giving them the confidence, skills and inspiration to play an active role in our shared digital future.”