A Google bus offering free digital skills training has parked up in Croydon for the day.

The Google digital garage, which arrived on Croydon high street today, has trained over 300,000 people across the country already in over 500 locations.

The mobile training hub connects members of the public with expert trainers and mentors on board, delivering free digital skills training to local communities and businesses.

Londoner and Business owner Seyi Ayinla, built her Nigerian wedding planning website Love WeddingsNG following digital skills training at Google Digital Garage in Leeds.

Seyi said: “The Google Digital Garage did not just help me, it also helped a lot of businesses that I work with.

"The support also changed the way I see my website - it’s gone from being a hobby to a fully-fledged business. The Google team supported me with changes that were so simple, but made a great impact.”

MP Sarah Jones with bus staff

While London is currently ranked as the second most-connected tech ecosystem in the world, the long-term upskilling of workers is an ongoing focus area.

Presently, London employers are facing a wider skills gaps problem, according to local government association London Councils.

"Despite the rising population, the number of cases where employers have been unable to fill a vacancy due to skills shortages has more than doubled since 2011 – rising from 14,000 to 37,000.

Ronan Harris, Google MD UK and Ireland said: “We’re thrilled to bring the Google Digital Garage and, for the first time, offer free digital skills training to Londoners and businesses right here in the capital.

"The Evening Standard’s Future London campaign offered an incredible opportunity to partner so we can provide training and support for those who wish to learn crucial skills for the digital age.

"We firmly believe everyone should be able to benefit from the opportunities that technology brings and we want to give people the skills they need to grow their confidence, career or business.”