Warwickshire County Council has shown its commitment to giving all of the county’s residents, regardless of their ages, the opportunity to increase their access to new technologies and improve their digital skills as it launches two ‘Let’s Make’ spaces in Nuneaton and Rugby Libraries.
The spaces offer local communities free access to technology and facilities for exploring ideas and making things and allow people of all ages and backgrounds not only to create together but also to socialise and learn.
The ‘Let’s Make Spaces’ offer all kinds of creative kit from digital embroidery to 3D printing, and robotics to virtual reality, enabling community members to design and create manufactured works that may not be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone. Roadshows will then take the ‘Let’s Make’ spaces around the county’s other libraries.
The creation of these spaces builds on libraries’ long tradition of supporting learning, and more recent developments such as library code clubs which teach programming skills to all ages. This is great news for people in the two towns and surrounding areas who will be able to get hands-on with the latest digital kit and learn how to use it in fun, exciting and creative ways.
Councillor Kam Kaur, Warwickshire County Council Portfolio Holder for Customer Services, said: ‘In Warwickshire we want our economy to be vibrant and supported by the right jobs, training and skills and infrastructure. The Let’s Make spaces at the Nuneation and Rugby libraries are the ideal place to make sure that all of our communities, whatever their age and whatever their level of skills using technology, have access to the opportunities to enhance their digital skills.”
The project aims to:
- get more young people interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects and inspire them to learn
- raise digital skills and knowledge amongst all age groups and improve their job prospects
- support enterprise and innovation amongst budding entrepreneurs
- create library capacity to deliver more relevant services to meet local needs
- raise awareness of what libraries do and offer
According to Government, the UK has a national digital skills shortage. Libraries are well-placed to help because of their wide reach, and their ability to attract audiences who might be put off by more formal learning opportunities.
The ‘Let’s Make Spaces’ will continuously develop as technology advances and will promote creativity and entrepreneurship in the communities they serve, improving employment prospects and overall life chances for years to come.
For more information on the ‘Let’s Make Spaces’ visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/libraries