Infosys (credit image/Pixabay/Aundrup)Infosys has announced an extended collaboration with Brent Council that will see its digital learning platform Springboard made available to local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Springboard is Infosys’ flagship digital learning platform designed to empower people, communities, and society with skills to be successful in the 21st century. Since first launching in Brent in 2021, Springboard has seen over 48,000 people sign up to the platform. Positively impacting digital literacy and inclusion rates in the local area. The platform has helped residents of all ages upskill.

Infosys Springboard aims to widen access to digital skills training and support local businesses’ recovery from the pandemic. The next phase of its Brent rollout will deliver continued access to digital skills training and mentorship for local businesses. Infosys suggests this helps SMEs unlock new opportunities to innovate and become digitally enabled enterprises. The collaboration is underpinned by an aim to support the building of a robust workforce. In addition to bolstering local economic growth via investment in digital skills.

Infosys Springboard aims to:

  • Be available to everyone for free and designed to increase digital literacy across the board. This includes individual residents, schools and business owners.
  • Support digitally engaged communities and make devices and digital assets available to those who cannot afford them.
  • Support digitally enabled local enterprises, helping entrepreneurs realise ideas or small and medium-sized businesses improve services through digital efforts.
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Muhammed Butt, councillor at the London Borough of Brent.

Speaking on the partnership, Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said: “From the basics of business communications to driving sales through online marketing, the digital skills taught through Springboard have the potential to open a wealth of opportunities for our small business community. This platform will help ensure Brent businesses not only have the skills they need to survive, but thrive, in the digital age.”

Thirumala Arohi, Senior Vice President, and Head – Education, Training and Assessment, Infosys, said: “Upskilling and widening access to digital education are key priorities for us at Infosys. I am delighted that we are expanding this unique partnership with Brent. To build on our mutual goal to promote digital inclusion and maximize access to digital skills training, taking learners from beginner through to expert. I am certainly looking forward to seeing what local businesses in Brent can go on to achieve as a result.”

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Brent is one of London’s most disadvantaged boroughs. The area is quite diverse in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social breakdown. It’s no wonder that Infosys Springboard digital inclusion platform is welcomed as a new resource for residents and local businesses. It provides opportunities for individuals and SME’s to gain critical digital and employability skills. The ultimate aim will be getting individuals into employment. In addition to enabling digital skills training and mentorship for local businesses. Hopefully, other UK councils should form similar partnerships with Infosys to raise the level of digital literacy in their area.


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