Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon opened the Google Digital Garage on Tour event in Harlow College last week.

Halfon, who is also the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills welcomed the group, which was there to support and advise businesses.

An invited audience of local businesses, Harlow College staff and Digital IT apprentices awaited the group that gave the audience a master class in learning crucial skills needed for the digital age on February, 3.

The event ran for two sessions and experts from Google helped the young and aspiring entrepreneurs through subjects that included harnessing the web, boosting social media presence, using online marketing tools and understanding digital marketing.  The tour helped people from tech novices setting up their first website to helping people improve existing websites. Google and IAB Europe give people the choose to topics to study or complete an online course that will enable them to a qualified certificate.

A member of Google’s Digital Garage Training team, Abbey Oladapo said of the event: “The UK has one of the most advanced digital economies in the world, with digital being central to the current data revolution. The audience today were really engaged and asked some really good questions which shows that digital cuts across all industries, you have to have a presence online.”

Harlow College’s Principal, Karen Spencer said: “It was a privilege to host the Google Digital Garage. As educators we know the benefit strong digital skills bring to both young people and adults. It’s fantastic to learn from a top tech-company like Google and everyone took away something from the event.”