MORE THAN 250 CAIS learners have accessed the latest digital technology and skills-based training thanks to a new partnership with BT.
Support from the communications giant has helped deliver up-to-the-minute accredited qualifications for people with experience of mental health and substance misuse issues, and staff working in the sector.
Beneficiaries include participants in the Conwy and Denbighshire Structured Day Programme – an accredited 12-week rolling support scheme designed to help people live without substances.
CAIS criminal justice and training manager Ros Cameron said the digital inclusion tools had really fired the imagination of people who take part in the project, and helped to enhance their online security.
“Using a tablet, one of our learners recently discovered that a password which he had thought was secure could be cracked by a computer in just a few nanosceconds,” Ros said.
“That prompted a general discussion about online security – and how long it might take to crack a really secure password.
“In turn, this led to a discussion about the largest numbers known to science – and an internet search to learn more about them.
“So our practical session became a really great way to learn more about internet security and the power of online searching, and to help our participants get safer online.”
Funding from BT is also supporting CAIS Learning and Development staff as they undertake Digital Literacy Practitioner training – which will enable them to deliver qualifications up to GCSE-level.
The BT partnership will also support the delivery of the Change Step Aged Veterans and Cyfle Cymru programmes – and help staff across the organisation to enhance their Welsh language skills in the workplace.