Digital investment welcomed

Sinn Fein councillor, Mickey Cooper.
Sinn Fein councillor, Mickey Cooper.

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed confirmation from Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) that £20,000 has been ring-fenced to deliver multimedia training courses in the new Department of Culture Arts and Leisure funded digital hubs being installed in community buildings across Derry and Strabane.

Colr. Cooper said the funding for both the equipment and training was the culmination of a long negotiation between himself, DCSDC, DCAL and other partners

“I am delighted that DCSDC approved funding to allow the delivery of training to users of the new digital equipment which is being installed in community buildings across the North West, including the Rosemount Factory building. The funding will be used to deliver both short beginners classes and enhanced level two and three accredited training to users of the facilities to allow them to increase their knowledge and experience to allow them to advance to higher level qualifications at the North West Regional College or University of Ulster or indeed to start their own small businesses within their own communities.”

Colr. Cooper added: “As part of our City of Culture legacy proposals, Sinn Féin made the case to DCAL that we needed digital equipment in our community areas to allow residents to build their digital capacity. As a result DCAL minister Caral Ni Chulain agreed to provide £250,000 for equipment across the Neighbourhood Renewal(NR) areas in the North West.

“As I pointed out many times in the over the last couple of years, this equipment was vital in building capacity in STEM based subjects and to allow our young people to step up to higher education.

“To allow this step up I also proposed to DCSDC that some support should be made available to provide formal training to those who wished to avail of it. As part of its programme activities for the Year of Science and Innovation, DCSDC has agreed to provide £20,000 in support.”