9.30am, the room was set up with tea, coffee & scones all we needed was the attendees. There were local Derry taxi drivers, reps from Belfast taxi companies, tutors from the local colleges, even educational inspectors.
The breakfast event was the launch of the new innovative project aimed at tackling the issue of Essential Skills. The project has been developed through a partnership approach with GoSkills and DEL (Department of Employment & Learning). This partnership has now widened to deliver this project & includes the Sector Skills Council Alliance and us (Tribal) whose product they’ll be using.
NWTP will put devices into 40 taxi’s to improve literacy & numeracy skills of the drivers.
Eamonn O’Donnell introduced NWTP & the project
Richard Wheater talked about GoSKills Essential Skills
I talked about us, the BLOOM (Bite-sized Learning Opportunities On Mobiles) project, devices and the content available to them.
The attendees seemed to be excited and engaged about the project; there were lots of positive comments. There were the usual questions/worries about security, cost of the device, etc but I feel once agreements are put in place by GoSkills & NWTP, people will feel better.
After the breakfast meeting several people remained to play with the devices and the content that will be used in NWTP’s Essential Skills project.
In the evening I was taken to a local pub that had a band playing Irish music – fantastic atmosphere and felt extremely welcome by the people from Derry – Thank you!!