Digital Inclusion Newsletter

Welcome to Usdaw’s Lifelong Learning Digital Inclusion Newsletter.

The aim of the Newsletter is to share Digital activity that has taken place across the 7 divisions and inform you of new and exciting initiatives around Digital Inclusion.

Please share any digital activity you have been involved in with your Divisional Lifelong Learning Project Worker or contact them for further
information on how to get involved!

You can download a copy of this newsletter in PDF format.

New to Usdaw? Getting On Line with USDAW!

Getting On Line with Usdaw is an Usdaw computer course designed to improve your computer skills and help you to find out the benefits you get from being an Usdaw member. You will use the Usdaw website and accompanying workbook to complete the course.
  • You do not need an email address to use the website but you will need one to complete some of the activities in the workbook. 
  • You will need some basic computer skills to complete the course – how to switch the computer on, how to use a mouse and keyboard.
  • You will need a computer with access to the internet.
  • You can work through the pack on your own.
  • You can apply for an Usdaw Certificate of achievement once you have finished the course. 
If you want to complete the course, please contact your Union Learning Rep or your Divisional Project Worker. Alternatively, sign up now.

Digital Champions

The Digital Champion need not be an Information Technology expert but it is someone who has managed to get online and with some support and training can use their skills and experience to help friends, colleagues and members of their community to make those first steps to get online. 
The Role
It is a voluntary role and will work as part of a team to support friends and colleagues to:
  • Raise awareness
  • Promote digital inclusion in their workplace
  • Run 121 or small group sessions
  • Keep up-to-date on new opportunities
  • Demonstrate how to stay safe online
  • Signpost learners to improve their digital skills
  • Advise learners on sources of ICT equipment and connectivity
  • Share good practice with other Digital Champions
  • Keep records on learners’ attendance and progress
All champions will attend a 1 day training course.

Usdaw Online Learning Gateway

The Usdaw Online Learning Gateway gives you direct access to many different learning sites. They provide free courses and learning materials to help you;
  • improve your English and Maths
  • keep up with the digital revolution
  • learn a new language
  • develop your career skills
  • learn for fun

The Online Learning Gateway will help you if you are not learning but want to find out more; if you are ready to start learning but you don’t know where to get started; or if you are already learning and want to move on.

Use our new Usdaw Online Learning Gateway as your one stop shop for learning. Get free world class learning – at the touch of a button.

Online Learning Gateway >>

Learner Case Study: Yammer sign up at Tesco

Yammer is a social network for the workplace. Companies such as Tesco have introduced this in order to increase communication among colleagues, both within sites and throughout the company. The structure of the Yammer system allows Tesco colleagues to follow individual members of staff and various groups. For instance, Usdaw reps have one group, a particular store or department might constitute another, Yammer Help forming another. The flexibility of the grouping system means that groups are easy to set up, and range from company-wide to particular departments within a site.

It was suggested that Usdaw ULRs could promote and assist with signing up colleagues to the Tesco Learn Portal, and the Inform app.

Two ULRs in store at Tesco Beccles – Claire Harris and Jeanine Clarke – were each equipped with an Usdaw laptop, and using the store Wifi and the Tesco website talked colleagues through the process. When signed up to yammer on the laptop, the ULRs then talked colleagues through the process of downloading the Yammer and Inform apps if the colleagues were interested in having these on personal devices.
Tony Budden – C Division

Digital Driving Licence

As of July the paper accompaniment to a UK driving licence is being replaced by an online service, which will save the taxpayers “millions each year”. The switch to an online service will change the way in which drivers share their information to third parties and employers; drivers will be able to view their information online via their own account.

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