CARE-EXPERIENCED college students in the Wee County are to benefit from digital technology following a successful equipment bid.

Forth Valley College is set to distribute 70 Chromebooks and mobile internet packages to care experienced students across Clacks and Falkirk after the digital kit was awarded by Connecting Scotland.

Students receiving the devices will receive support from the college to make the best use of the equipment, which will be theirs to keep.

David Allison, vice principal for information systems and communications at Forth Valley College, said: "We want to thank Connecting Scotland for accepting our bids and want to assure them that the digital equipment they have supplied will be put to very good use among the care experienced students we support here at Forth Valley College.

"We have been very proactive trying to make sure that no one would be disadvantaged by having to work online from home during the pandemic lockdown and our IT, Learning and Teaching and Student Support Departments, have stepped up to the plate to get laptops out to the students who need them most at this time.

"This new equipment will ensure that even more students will be lifted from digital poverty and help to level the educational playing field for them, in the course of their studies.

"I am very proud of all the staff who have been involved in this work and who will be once again distributing the new digital packages to our students and training them in its use."

Connecting Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative managed by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.