Posted on Monday 30 September 2019 by John Mulgrew

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Tech giant Google looks set to open one of its new digital skills training centres in the heart of Belfast city centre, Ulster Business can reveal.

The Google Digital Garage is one of the firm’s flagship investment programmes in the UK, which allows people to learn digital skills through a range of courses, or one-to-one sessions.

It has hosted events across the UK, and also boasts stand-alone locations in cities including Manchester and Edinburgh.

It now wants to set up shop at Arthur Square in the city centre. It’s planning to take on an empty retail unit.

Plans have now been submitted for new ‘Google Digital Garage’ signage at the front of the building.

Plans have now been submitted for new ‘Google Digital Garage’ – which aims to provide free training classes for the public on digital skills and provide ‘mixed-use study spaces’. It’s the first of its kind in Northern Ireland.

The centre also plans on opening to the public seven days a week. “The concept for this education facility is to provide free training for anyone looking to gain essential digital skills, including young job seekers, small businesses and entrepreneurs,” a design statement says.

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