Pop in to visit Google Digital Garage for free in-person training


Whether you want to grow your confidence, career, or business Google Digital Garage can provide free training and tools to help you. Visit us today at Unit 48, The Bridges Shopping Centre (Market Square entrance). 

Opening Hours:
Monday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:30pm

Thursday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Special events

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM BST, 23rd August 2019 -  Introduction to UX Design


About this event

Join us at 3:30pm on Friday 23rd August 2019 at Google Digital Garage Sunderland for a special session with Googler Kass Yassin, who will be taking a hands-on approach to exploring the various stages of a typical design project by collaboratively designing an app of our very own.

In this introduction session to UX Design, we’ll gather requirements for the app we want to build, and then we’ll run through some of the main steps and techniques used to turn a concept into screens.

How long is it? 90 min

Who is it for? Anyone interested in learning more about UX Design

What will you learn? Capturing product requirements, creating personas, mapping a user’s journey, wireframing Design tools

About Kass Yassin

Kass is a UX Designer based at Google in London. He has previously worked on projects across startups, a venture capital firm, and product incubators, with a focus on creating products that are both user-centric, engaging, and meet business objectives.


3:30 PM – 5:00 PM BST, 30th August 2019 -  Understanding Modern Mobile Web 


About this event

Join us at 3:30pm on 30th August 2019 at Google Digital Garage Sunderland for a special session with Googler Bojan Pavic, who will be sharing best practices and insights on mobile web optimisation.

In this introductory session, learn about building a modern mobile web experience. This session will cover an overview of the technologies that can be used to build great user experiences including:

- How to optimise the speed of your website

- Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

- Progressive Web Apps (PWA)

How long is it? 90 min

Who is it for? Anyone interested in learning more about mobile optimisation

About Bojan Pavic

Bojan is a Mobile Solutions Consultant at Google collaborating with our top partners on adoption of new web capabilities including Progressive Web Apps (PWA) and Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). Before joining Google, he was a startup founder and software developer. 


6:00 PM – 7:30 PM BST, 05th September 2019 -  An Introduction To Design-Thinking


About this event

The session will be informal, fast-paced and with a focus on actively doing. This will in turn give you tips and tricks you can take away and use within your organisation.

Agenda: Introductions Empathy - User research & Personas Ideation - Make It Pop Game Prototyping - Role-Play - Q&A

Your Host will be Cameron Shaw from CS Creative Consulting We look forward to seeing you at the Google Digital Garage.


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM BST, 06th September 2019 -  Get Started with Machine Learning


About this event

Join us at 1:00pm on Friday 6th September 2019 at Google Digital Garage Sunderland for a special session with Googler Veda Panneershelvam, for an introductory session about Machine Learning and its uses in the real world.

In this introductory session, you will explore machine learning and discover how to get started using machine learning at your business or for another purpose. 

How long is it? 60 min

Who is it for? Anyone who has a general interest in machine learning or is curious about how machine learning can improve their business processes and help them become more profitable.

What will you learn? How to define machine learning, discover uses for machine learning in the real world, understand how machines learn & identify ways to use machine learning to solve a problem or overcome a challenge.

About Veda Panneershelvam

Veda joined DeepMind in October 2013 (pre acquisition by Google) as a Software Engineer. That was his entry point to Machine Learning and over the past few years, he has worked on really cool applied and research projects such as AlphaGo and Google DataCenter Cooling optimization.


2:30 PM – 3:30 PM BST, 07th September 2019 -  A Journey into Self Publishing


About this event

An author talk with Sarah L Campbell, a self published Children's and Young Adult Author. Have you always wanted to be a writer but not sure how to get started? Or maybe you've already written a novel but are not sure where to go next.

Sarah L Campbell will share her own experiences with you of why she chose self publishing over trying to get traditionally published and how it works. She will also be sharing how she approached writing her very first novel. There will be also time for you to ask questions.


5:45 PM – 7:15 PM BST, 12th September 2019 -  Warrior Women - Time to release your power and uniqueness


About this event

Have you hit a crossroads? Do you feel you are not succeeding in some (or many) areas of your life? Would you like to gain better insight into yourself and to develop the tools to thrive and succeed in times of difficulty? Then join this engaging and high energy introductory workshop to help start you on the journey towards finding your uniqueness and becoming more warrior.

Annie Ivanova is your trainer, her purpose is to transform and enhance peoples lives to thrive in times of difficulty. She was founder of Pink Moods a platform with online tools for women with stress at work and also now has just launched her new project 'Challenge your Mindset' which is a training and coaching business for developing successful minds.


9:45 AM – 3:30 PM BST, 20th September 2019 -  Social Media and Marketing Workshop for Charities


About this event

In partnership with the Good Things Foundation, Google Garage will be offering marketing and social media support to charities across the North East.

The Virgin Money Foundation are delighted to host this popular workshop for local charities. The day will be split into three sessions:

Get started with Digital Marketing:

- Discover how your organisation could benefit from digital marketing

- Understand how people use the internet

- Look at how marketers use the internet

Social Media Strategy:

- Learn about making a social media strategy based on your organisations goals

- Look at the key social media platforms

- Understand how to build a social media strategy

- Understand how to define a set of brand guidelines on social media

Writing for Social Media:

- Learn how to make compelling content and develop a tone of voice that is right for your organisation

- Look at writing techniques

- Look at different ways of responding to social media messages


6:30 PM – 7:40 PM BST, 10th October 2019 -  Mindfulness for Small Business Owners


About this event

To ensure the success of your business can mean putting in the extra hours. But consistent long hours and managing an excessive workload can take its toll on your physical and mental health, with the potential to negatively affect business performance.This event is designed to introduce you to the tools by which you can manage your own mental and emotional wellbeing.

Mindfulness Practice provides a safe and effective method of learning how to create clamness and presence in one's life, thus giving access to new and more wholesome perspectives which can be taken into the running of your business.


Free training, for everyone.

With short courses on getting started online, learning to code or starting your own business, our free training can help you achieve your goal. Browse our full course list for more information.

Partner with us

Do you have a community or team that you think would benefit from our workshops? We offer free training to your team or community in the Garage (or at a venue nearby). Request a trainer to deliver at your event, for free.

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About Google Digital Garage

Started in 2015, Google Digital Garage is a Grow with Google programme that provides free training and tools to help grow your career or business in the UK. 

Since 2015, the Google Digital Garage has visited more than 500 locations across the UK, and trained more than 300,000 people. All training under Google Digital Garage is free to attend and absolutely everyone is welcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Everyone. Gain today's most in-demand skills, whether you're growing your business, starting a career, or just want to try something new. We’ve got a range of courses and over 40 hours of learning available to help take you where you need to go. If you’re keen to come and learn, we’re keen to meet you! 

Not a penny. Everything available from the Google Digital Garage is absolutely free, with no strings attached.

Digital skills help us make the most of life, whether it’s getting the career you want, or being confident online. No-one should be held back because they don’t have the digital skills they need.

With thanks to our partners

Good Things Foundation
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