The government has launched its Digital Strategy to keep the UK ahead of its competitors as it moves towards exiting the European Union.
The strategy puts skills, infrastructure and innovation at the centre of its ambition for Britain’s to lead the world in the digital economy.
A new Digital Skills Partnership will see the government, business, charities and voluntary organisations collaborating to ensure people have the required skills for the jobs in their area and to raise awareness of all the digital training opportunities on offer. Over four million free digital skills training opportunities will be offered across the country in an effort to ensure that people are equipped with the necessary skills to work and live in the new digital age.
Included in the strategy are plans by Lloyds Banking Group to provide face-to-face digital skills training to 2.5 million people, charities and SMEs by 2020. Barclays will teach basic coding to 45,000 more children and assist up to one million people with general digital skills and cyber awareness. Google, as part of their commitment of five hours of free digital skills for everyone, will help boost digital skills in seaside towns.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said: “The UK’s world-leading digital sectors are a major driver of growth and productivity, and we are determined to protect and strengthen them. This digital strategy sets a path to make Britain the best place to start and grow a digital business, trial a new technology, or undertake advanced research as part of the government’s plan to build a modern, dynamic and global trading nation.To do that, we will work closely with businesses and others to make sure the benefits and opportunities are spread across the country so nobody is left behind. There should be no digital divide – every individual and every business should have the skills and confidence to make the most of digital technology and have easy access to high-quality internet wherever they live, work, travel or learn.”