Adults to be given training to learn digital skills
Adults in the UK who lack basic computer skills are to be given training to help them learn digital skills, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley has announced.
The plans come after research from the Office for National Statistics showed that 5.3 million people in Britain have never used the internet.
According to the Government, too many people lack digital skills in the modern world, and these skills should be considered to be just as important as English and maths.
The new scheme will enable adults to receive training through courses delivered by colleges and other education providers, with funding being provided by the Adult Education Budget.
The plans, which will be included in an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill that is currently going through Parliament, will enable adults to learn basic digital skills and have access to more job opportunities.
Currently, adult short courses in basic computing are partly funded by the Skills Funding Agency. Whilst it is unclear when courses will be fully funded, it may come into effect at the start of the academic year.
Skills and Apprenticeships Minister, Robert Halfon, commented: “We are committed to making sure that everyone, regardless of age or background has the digital skills they need to enjoy the benefits of modern technology. Whether it’s applying for a job, accessing vital services or as consumers, our world is increasingly moving online – and we don’t want anyone left behind.”