Somerset Libraries iPad Loaning Scheme

Launches on the 5th October 2020

Somerset Libraries, Somerset County Council will launch a new iPad loaning scheme in October, aimed specifically at job seekers. The scheme is designed to help anyone – including people who may have little or no experience in using IT.

The tablets are pre-loaded with links, information and support for anyone in Somerset currently looking for employment, or if you think you may need to be looking soon. These are ‘data-enabled’ iPads which means you don’t even need to have internet access at home to use them.

There’s a simple step-by-step ‘How to Use’ video which shows you how to use the iPad and what sort of information you will be able to access, including how to develop an effective CV, tips for successful interviews, how to search for local jobs and a some useful health and wellbeing information and links.

Additional free ‘wrap-around’ support is available from the Positive People Programme, including a 24/7 helpline, one-to-one digital support, virtual job clubs and workshops.

How it works

  • Anyone who is a member of Somerset Libraries can borrow an iPad FREE OF CHARGE for a period of up to six weeks from Chard, Shepton Mallet, Minehead, Taunton or Bridgwater libraries.
  • Becoming a member of Somerset Libraries is free and easy to do – see here for more information (you can even join online, but you will need to visit your local library to get your library card).
  • Established business.
  • Borrowers will need to sign an iPad borrower request form and agree to the Terms and Conditions of use.

NB: All devices are managed remotely and can be securely locked and rendered unusable at any time.

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