Google Boss Brings Digital Skills Training to the UK

By Gary Cutlack on at

We've done something to please Google CEO Sundar Pichai, as he's in the UK right now and has announced a plan to offer a chunk of free digital skills training to anyone who thinks they might benefit from five hours of being told how the internet works.

And, god help the children, as he's also offering a chance for up to one million kids to have a go on VR, as if they don't spend enough time at home patting down daddy to see which pocket he's got his phone in and begging for a few seconds of escape from reality.

"No matter where you live, no matter where you’re from, no matter what your job is – you deserve access to all the information, education, and opportunity the web has to offer," Pichai said, adding "Our aim is to make sure that every individual and business in the UK has the support they need to make the most of online tools to innovate, compete and have fruitful careers in the digital age."

Google's backing face-to-face training in 100 towns across the country plus bundles of free online courses for people aware enough to have the internet already, and the tech giant will be offering access to its Google Expeditions VR content, and the hardware to make it work, as part of a road trip to "thousands" of schools across the UK in the 2016-2017 year.

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