Naughten to launch Digital Skills 2018


Roscommon LEADER Partnership (RLP) will host a presentation of certificates and launch of 2018 Digital Skills for Citizens’ Project on Friday, February 23rd in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon Town. Registration for the event commences at 7.30 pm.

  The Digital Skills for Citizens’ project is funded through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and Minister Denis Naughten will present certificates on the night.

  The objective of the scheme is to provide citizens with the confidence, motivation and skills to reap the benefits of participating in today’s digital world.

  In late 2016, RLP were awarded the largest national allocation of trainees (7,000) nationwide to upskill and train in 2017. The primary target group for this bespoke computer training is the farming community where RLP discovered a huge deficit in IT proficiencies. Funding has also been secured to upskill and train a further 5,000 trainees in 2018.

  The course content being delivered on these courses encompasses – whereby farmer and members of farm families can register calves, move animals and view herd profile online; online banking and various other farm-related websites and apps such as DoneDeal, ICBF Animal Search, AgriLand.

  The project has been spearheaded by IFA, Teagasc, ICSA, ICOS, Bank of Ireland, Macra na Feirme, ICMSA, ICA, Irish Farmers Journal, Active Retirement Ireland and Gary Greene Accounting and Taxation Services.

  The evening will also acknowledge the trojan work at grassroots level by all stakeholders who will each have an exhibitor stand at the event. A discussion panel by MC Anthony Dockery will gain insights from each individual stakeholder on the Digital Skills for Citizens’ project.

  An array of prizes can be won on the evening from a range of different sponsors locally in County Roscommon. Prizes such as jackets, body warmers, cattle and sheep products and a Herdwatch subscription are just some of the prizes on offer to anyone who attends, regardless of course completion.

  Those wishing to complete an agri computer course in 2018 can sign up on the night. For those who have already completed the course, further training options will be made available on the evening.

  For more information, please contact Christopher Scally on 086-1448915 or email