Argos: free tablet devices to help get people online

Partnership with digital skills charity Go ON UK to offer workshops to 10,000 adults

Argos promotes digital skills for UK pensioners


Argos announces digital workshops, tablet devices and free broadband for 10,000 adults.

"We're increasingly becoming a digital society, yet almost one in five people in the UK lack digital skills and 52 percent of those are aged over 65.

In an effort to provide practical skills and access to technology, catalog retailer Argos has partnered with digital skills charity Go ON UK to offer workshops to 10,000 adults.

The workshops will take place at 120 of the company's stores and will cost £20 per head. In return attendees will receive a Proscan 7-inch 8GB tablet and a voucher to get free TalkTalk broadband for a year. Specially-trained store staff will help participants learn the basics of how to use a tablet, connect to and surf the internet, use a search engine, set up email, stay safe online and more.

The workshops will run from 25 October through to January next year. People interested in participating can call 0345 600 4408 or visit their nearest Argos store for more information."

This is more evidence that internet enabled tablet devices are increasingly the tool of choice for people wanting to get online.  As research from Ofcom says:

"Six in ten UK adults (62%) now use a smartphone, an increase from 54% in 2012. This increase is driven by 25-34s and 45-54s, and those aged 65-74 are almost twice as likely to use a smartphone now compared to 2012 (20% vs. 12%)."

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