This week the Government has launched plans to boost digital skills for adults, ensuring that people have the skills that they need.
Research shows that digital skills have become as important in getting a job and being part of society as English and Maths. An estimated 90 per cent of all jobs in the next 20 years will require some form of digital knowledge, but one in five adults still lack these skills.
From 2020 we will offer free courses to anyone over the age of 19 with no or low basic digital skills. These courses have been designed to help adults learn the essential skills, such as sending emails, completing online forms or using a tablet, that many people take for granted.
We are also publishing a range of new essential digital skills qualifications that will meet conditions set by the exams regulator, Ofqual, helping support progression into employment or further education.
These qualifications will give adults the chance to develop a whole host of new skills to help get ahead in work and navigate an increasingly digital world. Good news!
Find out more here.