Addressing the digital skills gap crucial for UK economy

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Addressing the digital skills gap crucial for UK economy

A new report released by the House of Lords Digital Skills Committee has highlighted that all children should have digital literacy skills. These are becoming as vital as English and maths skills in ensuring that the UK economy keeps up with the rest of the world.

The key findings from the report include setting a goal for all children to learn these skills and have a basic digital literacy when they finish school. It highlights that teachers require the right knowledge and confidence to successfully teach the new digital areas of the curriculum. Otherwise, inconsistencies could place pupils at a disadvantage.

A changing economy

According to figures published in the report, more than 35 per cent of the roles that are available today could become automated in the next 20 years. This means that children will have to look at alternatives, and these are increasingly located in the digital field. However, with the current level of skills available in this country, we might not be able to compete on a global scale.

The country is currently divided over the skills that we have. There are around six million people who have never even been on the internet, and 9.5 million of us don’t have adequate digital knowledge. These areas need to be addressed to ensure that we remain active in the global economy. This requires action from the early learning curriculum right through to higher education in order to train young people to have the skills and knowledge required to be successful.

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