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Switch on your new career at Rochdale festival

16 February 2017

​​​ Smartphone. If next month's Rochdale Digital Festival inspires you to learn more, there'll be information and advice on local courses and training opportunities at the event at Number One Riverside, Rochdale on Saturday, 4 March 2017, which is aimed at showing how useful technology can be, as well has how to get more out of it for yourself or your business.

Experts from Skills for Employment, Rochdale Solutions, Hopwood Hall College, People Plus and Rochdale JobCentre will be offering information and advice on learning, training and work opportunities.  From apprenticeships and IT courses, helping you with career decisions and re-training.

Our festival, now in its third year, is designed to improve your digital skills with hands-on help and advice for all ages. 

There'll be 2 free workshops for businesses, revealing the tricks of the trade in bite-sized sessions. Helping businesses to make their website better at 11am will demonstrate how to make sure your site is focused on your customers and as easy to use as possible.  At 12pm there's a session on How to market your business online' with advice on how to boost your company in the digital age.

Visitors will also be able to find out how to do online banking, browse products, shop or read a book online, and get tips on using smartphones and tablets. There will be demonstrations of how to use this website to avoid spending time on the telephone or making face-to-face visits. BBC Radio Manchester will be broadcasting live. 

Businesses including Barclays, 02 Rochdale, Boots, Marks & Spencer, Pride Media, No Worries IT, will be there alongside our staff, showing how to browse, buy and use services online, saving you time and money.

'There will be friendly faces on hand to show how easy it can be and tablets, phones and computers will be available for people to try.'

The festival will bring together a range of exhibitions and there will also be a 'help-bar' where an 02 'guru' and students will help you get the best from your smartphone and tablet.  (Please bring your smartphone or tablet to the festival.)

There'll be lots for under 18s and families too, including Rochdale Coder Dojo - a self-led community group - supported by skilled mentors to learn computer coding through play with the latest digital kit.  If you've got young children-  look out for 'Hacker tots'-  a play space where they can use 'Little Bits'-  electronic building blocks and 'Scratch', learning code, making fun things and lots of noise!  Girl engineers – 'Robogals' will be also appearing – with their amazing robots, inspiring young women to consider engineering and technology related careers.

'MadLab will be there, with their popular Make Stuff demonstrations – letting you get to grips with coding and take an introduction to the world of making.'

If you'd like help on keeping your kids safe online, don't miss the free workshop by 02 Rochdale and the NSPCC, covering everything from parental controls to online bullying.

Coronation Street star Simon Gregson will be making a guest appearance, swapping pulling pints behind the Rovers Return bar to meet festival visitors, as well as having a go at getting to grips with a whole range of technology himself. He'll also be answering questions from fans during a 'Facebook Live' interview at the festival.

Councillor Daalat Ali, our Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community said:

"Rochdale Digital Festival will give you an appreciation of the range of digital career opportunities out there and hopefully it will inspire people to learn more. It's going to be another unmissable day for local residents, helping you do more online, whatever your level."

Visitors will also have a chance to win themselves a new tablet courtesy of 02 Rochdale as well as tickets to a gig of their choice at the 02 Apollo or 02 Ritz.

Find out more about the Rochdale Digital Festival

Rochdale Digital Festival is being held as part of BeOnline 2017 – a national 2-week campaign to help people discover the Internet.



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