Spark intends to offer placements in digital training, including filmmaking and editing
Social enterprise Spark is teaming up with Sky in a major collaboration to help local people meet the challenges of the digital world.
The company has installed a new Sky Up Digital Hub at Spark’s base in Craigshill, Livingston, that will be used to equip members of the community with digital and employability skills.
It includes a newly refurbished digital suite, with five workstations equipped with laptops and iPads, editing equipment and wifi and a break-out, café area with a Sky Glass TV and package and coffee machine.
Spark intends to offer placements in digital training, including filmmaking and editing, of up to six months to prepare local people for a broad range of jobs, including roles in the media and entertainment industry.
The collaboration is planned to improve employability in the area by delivering core skills, particularly to under 25s and over 50s.
Spark’s CEO Alex Fleming said: “For young people, who are digital natives, the prospect of a six-month placement, where they will learn additional digital and employability skills, will be exciting and popular.
“Sky already delivers our six-week, computer basics programme, which we offer to members, and this investment has cemented that relationship.
“We are now talking to them about doing a more advanced programme for those who have already grasped the basics and are looking to move onto the next level.
“This partnership is a vote of confidence, not only in Spark, but in the potential of Craigshill. The possibilities for development in that relationship are really exciting.”
From the outset, Spark informed Sky of its track record of making a positive impact in the local area, and the potential to deliver effective digital training programmes in the future.
Alex said: “I see this as a symbiotic relationship because, if we can support local people to grow their skills and their confidence, we are equipping them for the world of work, and Sky is a big employer in this area.
“We would hope that people we have trained could then be in a position to apply for roles that Sky will need filled in the future.”
The hub, which has now officially opened, will also help local people of all ages to complete everyday tasks online.