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DVLA begins IT equipment donations to schools

Laptop handover ceremony
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The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has begun to donate used IT equipment to schools as part of its new digital inclusion scheme.

It has made the first donation to Swansea Council to support young learners in the city, as part of a broader programme open to primary and secondary schools across Wales.

All of the 90 laptops were recycled by E-Cycle, cleansed to government standards and provided with operating system licences under the Microsoft Authorised Refurbisher programme.

DVLA chief executive Julie Lennard said: “I’m extremely proud of this new scheme and am delighted that Swansea Council is the first to receive our donated laptops. Digital inclusion is key to ensure all pupils have access to the technology they need to develop digital skills for themselves and the region.

“We are aiming to roll the scheme out across Wales and encourage all local authorities to sign up and join DVLA’s digital inclusion scheme.”

Access to devices

Swansea Council’s Leader Rob Stewart said: “I’m delighted Swansea is the first local authority to begin working with DVLA on the Digital Inclusion scheme as part of our commitment to making sure that all our schools and pupils have access to digital devices at home and at school.

“Some pupils are already using the equipment and many more will benefit along with their families, so I’d like to thank the DVLA for involving us in this great community initiative.”

DVLA said the scheme is also supporting its contribution to the circular economy.

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