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EE vows to provide one million people with digital skills by 2015

EE vows to provide one million people with digital skills by 2015
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Networks / EE / April 18th 2013 at 12:21PM

Will also offer 500 apprenticeships to enhance the business.

EE has published its first Responsibility Report, which details the operator's plans to strengthen the digital skills of the British public, offer job opportunities, and support the environment.

The company's educational promise is in line with its commitment to digital skills alliance, Go ON UK, and it vows to teach one million people by 2015. This will be achieved through:

* EE Digital Champions – Will train 300 employees by the end of the year – and more in the future – to volunteer in the community and show thousands of people how the internet can change their lives.

* EE Digital Skills Volunteering – Will focus its employee volunteering and fundraising on digital skills development and aims to organise more than 50 'Techy Tea Parties' this year for staff to show older people how to use techn.

* EE Digital Living portal – Has launched a Digital Living section on its website (www.ee.co.uk/digital-living) that provides resources to inspire people to get online and make the most of it.

Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, said: "It is an absolute top priority for us to run a responsible and sustainable business. We are particularly focused on improving digital skills since the 16 million people across the UK with limited or no online skills are at a disadvantage. As part of our role as a founder partner of Go ON UK, we are today pledging to help address digital exclusion by improving the digital skills of a million people by 2015."

Meanwhile, the previously mentioned apprenticeship scheme will recruit 500 apprentices into the company by 2015, while EE Fast Track will allow hardworking staff members to transfer to different company roles.

EE also claims it will go green and looks to reduce its environmental impact, planning to decrease carbon emissions and waste to landfill by 50 per cent based on its 2010 baseline.