Wee County MP hails free digital upskilling workshop coming to Alloa


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On the 8th July, Google Digital Garage is coming to Alloa to provide a day of free digital skills workshops and mentoring to help local people and small businesses upskill and grow in a hybrid world.

John Nicolson MP has taken a keen interest in how businesses across Clackmannanshire can best recover from the pandemic and recently launched a survey on his business to learn from business owners about how their businesses are coping. As the SNP’s spokesperson at Westminster for digital, Nicolson is particularly interested in the role that digital upskilling can play in helping individuals and businesses across the Wee County to thrive.

On Friday, Mr Nicolson will meet representatives from small businesses and Google Digital Garage trainers to learn more about how enhancing digital skills can help small businesses to grow, careers to flourish, and ensure everyone is able to make the most of the country’s growing digital economy. 

Clackmannanshire residents and business owners alike are invited to join Google for a day of free workshops and mentoring sessions on 8th July and can register online. Workshop topics will include: 

  • Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Writing for Social Media
  • Getting started with Google Analytics
  • Build your CV and write a cover letter

There are a host of workshops available to individuals and business owners of all experience levels. Google will be running varied sessions all day, from 45-minute in-depth training to 15-minute power sessions, alongside interactive networking opportunities.

Attendees from small businesses in Clackmannanshire can also benefit from private mentoring sessions with Google’s Digital Coaches to focus on personal goals for their business growth.

Commenting on the digital upskilling programme, John Nicolson MP said:

“I’m looking forward to welcoming Google to Alloa to host a Google Digital Garage event on 8th July. I hope to meet as many local businesses and residents as possible to find out more about how digital skills can benefit the Wee County, and our businesses, entrepreneurs, and residents.

“As restrictions have eased in Scotland, I have had the opportunity to visit many of the businesses in Clackmannanshire. I am glad to see so many begin to recover. But I know from responses to my recent survey that, for many, times are still tough.

“Digital has revolutionised the way we all work. The pandemic restrictions expedited our transition through digitisation and this has come with opportunities as well as challenges.

“My parliamentary office was the first anywhere in the UK to launch a virtual surgery booking platform when in-person surgeries were not permitted under the COVID restrictions. This has greatly transformed the way my office supports constituents and I am looking forward to discussing how digital upskilling can transform the lives and livelihoods of residents and businesses in Clackmannanshire.”

Anyone looking to learn new digital skills can sign up to our tailored training programmes at https://rsvp.withgoogle.com/events/google-event-alloa.