Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has said it will provide £915,000 to adult learners for them to obtain equipment to continue their courses online.
It is preparing to distribute grants of between £15,000 and £40,000 to adult education providers to help learners obtain computer equipment.
The money comes from the £55 million adult education budget for the city region to support employment training, apprenticeships and other learning.
Contracted providers have been given guidance on how the funds can be used, such as supporting people who are self-isolating or do not have a suitable device for online course work.
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram (pictured) said: “These past few months have shown how valuable digital skills are and they’ll be even more valuable as more and more jobs and businesses embrace online working.
“We’re investing almost £1m to ensure that learners across the region have access to the tech that they need to keep up their studies. We will do our best to make sure wherever possible that nobody falls behind or is left behind because of the difficulties caused by Covid-19.”
The first grants should be made available in November.
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