New deal de­liv­ers free tech boost for city kids

Evening Times - - NEWS - By VIVIENNE NICOLL

A NEW deal which will re­sult in hun­dreds of city pupils get­ting a free tablet has been agreed by the city coun­cil.

In March, the Evening Times re­vealed the coun­cil was con­sid­er­ing a new con­tract which would re­sult in tablets be­ing given to all pupils from P6 up­wards.

Coun­cil­lors have now agreed to en­ter a seven-year agree­ment with IT and busi­ness con­sult­ing ser­vice CGI which pro­vides ser­vices to Ed­in­burgh and Scot­tish Bor­ders coun­cils and the Scot­tish Govern­ment.

As well as pro­vid­ing sup­port for the coun­cil, it will re­sult in a stepchange in dig­i­tal ser­vices re­quired to sup­port jobs, ed­u­ca­tion, in­no­va­tion and health for decades to come.

And new in­fra­struc­ture will be in­tro­duced to make city schools among the best con­nected in the world.

The deal is ex­pected to trans­form the job prospects of over 700 res­i­dents by spon­sor­ing soft­ware de­vel­op­ment train­ing for 100 long term un­em­ployed every year. Im­proved ac­cess to tech­nol­ogy will al­low new ways of de­liv­er­ing care ser­vices al­low­ing many more peo­ple to be cared for i n t heir homes.

Im­proved high speed wire­less will be in­tro­duced in all city li­braries and the coun­cil will work with lo­cal char­i­ties to make de­com­mis­sioned coun­cil com­put­ers avail­able to peo­ple with­out ac­cess to tech­nol­ogy.

The new deal will also re­sult in bet­ter iden­ti­fy­ing where tech­nol­ogy could help vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

It will also re­sult in a dra­matic in­crease in the num­ber of trans­ac­tions with the coun­cil which can be com­pleted on­line.

City coun­cil tech­nol­ogy cham­pion An­gus Mil­lar said: “We have an op­por­tu­nity to com­pletely re­design how we use tech­nol­ogy to im­prove the lives of all Glaswe­gians.”

Steve Thorn, pres­i­dent of CGI UK op­er­a­tions, de­scribed the new deal as “ex­cit­ing”.

He said: “We are de­lighted to part­ner with Glas­gow City Coun­cil on this jour­ney to en­able the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion of pub­lic ser­vices through­out Glas­gow.”

The coun­cil and CGI are now work­ing to con­clude the deal in ad­vance of the new con­tract start­ing in April.

Young­sters in the city will be given a new tablet

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