WebActivate Gets The Press It Deserves

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in Blog | 0 comments

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Pharmacies, solicitors, manufacturers and grocers are just some of the Galway businesses that will go online for the first time, or upgrade their existing websites, thanks to WebActivate, a new initiative aimed at improving the web presence of Irish businesses.

The WebActivate project, an initiative of the Digital Skills Academy, is supported by The Digital Hub, as well as chambers of commerce and further education institutions throughout Ireland, including Galway Technical Institute and Galway Chamber of Commerce.

The aim of WebActivate is to provide small and medium-sized businesses with an effective online presence, while creating employment for hundreds of people across the country. Under the project, businesses can apply to have assistance in building a web presence, free of charge.

In Galway, the Digital Skills Academy is currently delivering training in partnership with the Galway Technical Institute to ‘Web-Activators’, covering areas such as Internet Publishing and iMarketing. All trainees are unemployed people who successfully applied to participate in the first phase of the project.

They are currently spending six weeks receiving ‘in-centre’ training and will then commence a further 12 weeks on structured work placements, helping small businesses in Galway to establish an online presence.

Interested businesses in Galway are now being invited to apply to take part in the WebActivate project. 600 businesses nationwide will be accommodated in the first phase. There are no costs involved for participating businesses and ‘Web-Activators’ will not need desk-space, as they will be equipped to work from home.

Galway-based businesses already taking part in WebActivate include Tír na n-Og Montessori, Claregalway and Heneghan and Associates Solicitors.

Galway businesses interested in taking part need to apply by Friday 15 October. To apply, or to find out more about the WebActivate project, go to www.webactivate.ie.

Video footage and interviews from the WebActivate project will be available to view and constantly updated at www.thedigitalhub.tv/webactivate-programme.

The project is being run as part of the Labour Market Activation Fund 2010, funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund.

This story appeared in Galway Independent

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