The major energy company E.ON has carried out research which found that 48 per cent of people living in the North West are finding it hard to keep up with tech innovations. It also found that many of these people do not know where to go for help.
E.ON has, therefore, committed to address this issue by holding a Digital Champion Training session in the region this week. It will team up with Go-ON UK in order to establish this, the region wide program in order to get people online. The Digital Champion Training session with recruit tech savvy people from around the North West to help those who have no understanding of the internet get connected.
The event will take place on Wednesday July 9th at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton and will last from 9:30am to 12pm.
The recruits, who will be known as Digital Champions, will be given the skills to inspire and train people who do not go online. They will also be provided information about various digital resources that may be at their disposal to help certain communities make the most out of the internet.
E.ON found that while almost half of the North West is not keeping up with advances in technology, the ones they have kept up with are making a major impact on their lives. 80 per cent of people who took part in the research said it had a positive impact on their lives including internet shopping (which 34 per cent said they use) and internet banking (which 35 per cent said they use).
Simon Gilby, who is the manager of digital excellence at E.ON, which is one of the UK’s Big Six energy providers, said:
We now get around two million visitors to our website every month, which demonstrates the demand for online services. The internet has become an excellent way to help our customers ensure they use no more energy than they need and pay no more than they need too. Although we offer all these services over the phone, we also want to support people who want help getting online. The event in Bolton this week is a great opportunity for people to come along and get all the help they need to improve digital skills in their local community.
You can register to attend the session at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton on Wednesday through E.ON’s official web site. Visit eonenergy.com/digitalchampions.