Bank of Scotland digital academy pledges to help 10,000 SMEs
Bank of Scotland has launched a new digital academy to help people, businesses and charities across Scotland.
It includes live training sessions, as well as videos, interactive web pages and guides available for free on demand.
The bank is also committed to helping more than 10,000 Scottish businesses with their digital skills.
Online courses are accessible to everyone and aim to develop a wide range of skills, from improving online confidence to developing a website, managing money and maintaining contact with people. friends and family.
The academy also allows small businesses and charities to access online events to virtually network and hear expert speakers.
The latest from the Bank of Scotland Consumer Numeric Index found that 67% of people said they would improve their digital skills if they knew support was available.
Of the 2,703 Lloyds Banking Group customers surveyed, almost two-thirds (63%) of those in Scotland spend more time online.
For those who first tried new things during the lockdown, 94% expect this to continue for the long term and 17% fear their digital skills are still not good enough.
More than half (53%) of Scots use the internet for their everyday life and 49% agree that being online has helped them find and get a job.
Philip Grant, chairman of the Scottish executive committee of Lloyds Banking Group, said: “For small businesses, trust and digital capabilities have been critically important – last year 44% of Scottish small businesses reportedly failed. not continued to trade without digital facilities.
“Having the right digital skills means people can stay in touch with loved ones, businesses can run more efficiently, and charities can raise more funds by reaching more people. “
Finance Secretary Kate Forbes added: “Digital technology plays a key role in many aspects of our lives and is essential to our economic recovery.
“As many people choose the convenience of digital banking as well, industry-led initiatives such as the Bank of Scotland Academy will ensure our financial system remains inclusive and accessible. “
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