The Tech Partnership, a UK-based institution that focuses on improving digital skills, and Lloyds Banking Group have announced that they are leading a consultation and giving their suggestion to improve the basic digital skills of Brits.
Upon completion of consultation phase, a final framework will be created that will help shape the UK Government’s Digital Skills Entitlement programme.
The programme will focus on providing free training in basic digital skills for adults in the UK who do not posses relevant qualifications.
UK Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships Anne Milton said: “I welcome this consultation. The ‘Get Digital’ Basic Skills framework has brought consensus on the digital skills adults need for life and work, and will form the foundation of our new basic digital skills standards.”
Lloyds Banking Group believes that sharpening the digital skills of adult Brits will enable them to access the numerous benefits of being online.
Having basic digital skills can save individuals an average of £744 a year, and provide them with easier access to work and education, according a research from the Lloyds Bank Consumer Digital Index.
A steering group involving a number of institutions has been formed by The Tech Partnership and Lloyds Banking Group to ensure that all sectors of industry, academia, government and education could participate in shaping the UK’s digital skills capabilities.
The Tech Partnership CEO Karen Price said: “Together, we have convened a formidable leadership group of employers, government officials, training providers and industry experts to develop and review this new framework and to ultimately ensure that all individuals in the UK can safely participate in and contribute to the digital world of today and the future, at both home and work.”