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Barclays to help boost digital printing skills in UK
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Apr '16
Courtesy: Barclays
Courtesy: Barclays
Barclays will open up under-utilised spaces in its branches and offices to help boost the UK's digital and maker skills.

A key element of the Eagle Labs will include digital printing machines for textile designers and digital embroidery, which will be available alongside 3D printers and laser cutters.

“The launch of Barclays Eagle Labs will give customers and non-customers in local businesses and communities the opportunity to learn about new technologies and techniques,” a Barclays press release stated.

“The Labs will be supported by Barclays' Digital Eagles, with a lab manager and lab technician on hand to provide support and guidance,” the press release added.

According to the company, Barclays Eagle Labs will also be available for community events, corporate team days, training sessions around topics such as cyber fraud and coding as well as more basic digital skills training.

Following successful pilots in Bournemouth and Cambridge, a third Eagle Lab is opening on the site of a disused Barclays branch in Brighton.

Barclays also announced plans to open up to 20 Eagle Labs as part of its wider roll out across the UK in 2016, including in Birmingham and Huddersfield.

Digital economy minister Ed Vaizey said, "The digital economy is moving at a tremendous pace and digital industries are growing at a rate of 32 per cent faster than the wider economy.”

“The need for digital skills has never been greater, and Barclays Eagle Labs is a fantastic initiative that offers incredibly helpful guidance, support and advice to local communities and businesses," he too added.

Barclays is an international financial services provider engaged in personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management with a presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.

With 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 130,000 people. (AR)

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