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Google Bus returns to Doncaster next month

Doncaster people will once again be able to learn digital skills on the go, as part of a free Google training scheme offered on a bus that will visit Lakeside Village and Doncaster Market.

The Google Digital Garage bus will offer free workshops and face-to-face coaching, with visitors having the option to either book in advance or simply drop by for on-the-spot help. 

This is the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The first stop is Lakeside Village on Thursday 2 November followed by a visit to Doncaster Market on Friday 24 November.

As part of a unique tour, launched in Sheffield during the summer, the bus is based on Google’s Digital Garage initiative, offering free workshops and face-to-face coaching. Businesses and members of the public can simply drop by for on-the-spot help. The bus provides beginner to intermediate levels so that everyone can take part, covering topics such as taking first steps onto the internet, CV building, social media strategy for businesses and protecting your data online.

In the near future, more than 90 per cent of jobs will require digital literacy, so workshops such as building a digital CV will be useful for jobseekers. Meanwhile, sessions on social media strategy will offer essential skills to those running a small business. Previous research carried out by IPPR North found that more than 88 per cent of attendees of previous Digital Garages have changed the way they run or promote their business online, with 68 per cent saying they had seen positive results in increased sales, bookings, web traffic or social media after attending Google’s free training. We’re all for that!

The bus location timetable for November is:

Thursday 2 November – Lakeside Village, DN4 5JH

Friday 24 November – Doncaster Market