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Technology donation helps grow digital skills in Inverclyde

More than 100 laptops have been donated to Inverclyde causes by CalMac as part of the company's commitment to supporting communities and reducing waste.

Greenock Morton in the Community is the latest charity to receive refurbished machines from the ferry operator. A total of 121 CalMac devices have been donated to Inverclyde causes this year, including the Inverclyde Shed, Belville Community Garden and Creative Inverclyde.

The laptops will be used by Morton to support Inverclyde residents to improve digital skills, job searches and CV writing. Morton will also use them to run a virtual employability programme in partnership with the DWP, leading to qualifications in areas such as First Aid, Customer Service and Scottish FA's Introduction to Coaching.

Brian McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Greenock Morton in the Community, said: "We are extremely grateful to the team at CalMac for donating these laptops. The year 2020 has seen a devastating impact on unemployment rates and the addition of these laptops will allow us to remove potential barriers and support participants as they look to progress onto employment or further education."

Stuart Wilson, Group Director of Communications for CalMac, said: "IT equipment has been in high demand and can be very costly to non-profit causes and the people they deliver services for. There are huge challenges in our communities, and we are delighted to support like-minded causes like Morton in the Community who are making tangible impacts in Inverclyde every single day."

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