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Mike Odysseas, from Stockton's Odyssey Systems, wants to improve North-East's computer use
3:39pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Business
THE boss of a North-East telecoms firm has called for more support to help people lacking computer skills get online.
Mike Odysseas, who set up Odyssey Systems, says actions needs to be taken after a study revealed one in six adults in the region have never used the internet.
The figures, released by the Office of National Statistics, show that 17 per cent of adults in the North-East have never accessed the internet.
Mr Odysseas, founder of the Stockton-based firm, says the region is lagging behind the national average, which shows 86 per cent of people have accessed the internet, with 89 per cent of people in the South-East and London having been online.
He said: “It is surprising to see that in the North-East, where there is a very strong IT, computer software and communications sector, that the internet access figures are behind the rest of the UK.
“It is equally disappointing to see that while 59 percent of those not online say this is by choice, 20 per cent of those who do not access the internet say the reason behind this is that they lack the necessary skills.
“Good IT skills are the key to any modern economy, and it is important that we invest in these for older workers, as well as the younger generation.”
The company employs a training co-ordinator to help customers on all of the products sold, including telephone systems and internet connection.
Mr Odysseas said: “Maximum value can only be gained from a product when it is used to its full potential.
“That is why it’s a priority to train our customers on the products we sell.”
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