Go Digital

There is a growing need for individual as well as businesses to go digital. The UK Government has set out plans to create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone. The 2017 Government’s Digital Strategy encourage businesses to give everyone access to digital skills they need. The government is also committed to making the UK the best place to start and grow digital business; provide free basic digital skills training, especially to adults in England who lack core digital skills.

Government Digital Strategy for 2017 focus on seven strands outline below:

  • Connectivity – building world-class digital infrastructure for the UK
  • Digital skills and inclusion – giving everyone access to the digital skills they need
  • The digital sectors – making the UK the best place to start and grow a digital business
  • The wider economy – helping every British business become a digital business.
  • A safe and secure cyberspace – making the UK the safest place in the world to live and work online
  • Digital government – maintaining the UK government as a world leader in serving its citizens online
  • Data – unlocking the power of data in the UK economy and improving public confidence in its use

The UK has come a long way in creating digital economy, with great strengths in FinTech, EdTech and many other sectors. In 2014 there were almost 200,000 digital businesses, creating 1.4 million jobs across the UK. Southampton, West Cornwell and Dundee emerged as the fastest growing hubs from 2010 -2014 and there are increasing development of digital and technology hubs across the country.

To become the world’s – leading digital economy, giving everyone access to the digital skills they need must be at the forefront of everything we do as individuals or organisations.

Recent report by Lloyds Bank Group – Lloyds Bank Consumer Digital Index 2017 provides a great insight on the financial and digital capability of all adults in the UK. The report features basic digital skills for UK adult, insights about how people use Internet banking and how they can gain digital skills support.

The Five Basic Digital Skills

  • Communicating – Communicate, interact, collaborate, share and connect with others
  • Managing information – Find, manage and store digital information and content
  • Transacting – Purchase and sell goods and services, organise finances, register for and use Government digital services
  • Creating – Engage with communities and create basic digital content
  • Problem solving – Increase independence and confidence by solving problems using digital tools and finding solution

Within a year, 1.1 million more people have gained Basic Digital Skills compare to last year. People without digital skills has reduced to 11.5 million, 9% of people don’t use the Internet and women are now 9%* less likely than men to have all five Basic Digital Skills, especially Problem Solving

Within a year, 1.1 million more people have gained Basic Digital Skills compare to last year. People without digital skills has reduced to 11.5 million, 9% of people don’t use the Internet and women are now 9%* less likely than men to have all five Basic Digital Skills, especially Problem Solving

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Summary of the Key findings

  • Digital skills are key to saving and managing money for everyone
  • Over one-quarter of people can’t manage for more than one month without regular income
  • 68% of those offline say nothing can motivate them to get online and they are not aware of the free support available
  • There are 16.2 million people in the UK with low financial capability
  • Within a year, 1.1 million more people in the UK now have Basic Digital Skills
  • People without a bank account who own a smartphone are more than twice as likely to state they manage their money better than those without a smartphone
  • Huge number of small businesses and charities that are not engaging with digital, and scarily have no intention of investing in digital this year.
  • People who are in school, studying or in full-time employment are the most likely to have Basic Digital Skills.
  • Mortgage owners (92%) and those renting from a private landlord (88%) continue to be the highest basic digital skills levels. ‘Rented from local authority’ remains to have the lowest level of Basic Digital Skills (63%) but has seen the greatest improvement (6% increase).

The Way Forward

Lloyds Bank Consumer Digital Index 2017 report highlights that 21% (11.5m) of the UK are classified as not having basic digital skills. The bank has committed to offer face-to-face training to an additional 2.5million individual, small businesses and charities by 2020. Lloyds Bank’s 23,000 Digital Champions are currently working with charities to deliver digital skills training across the community where it is most needed. The UK quest to become the world’s digital economy has seen technology companies, local businesses, local government, charities and other organisations offering free digital trainings.

Microsoft has launched a programme to train 530,000 public servants in a range of digital skills and Cloud Skills Initiative. Google has offered five hours of free digital skills training to anyone in the UK who is seeking to develop their digital skills- Google’s Digital Garage initiative.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has offered free training and job placement programme for the UK to educate young adults, military veterans, reservists, and their spouses, on the latest software development and cloud computing technologies.

Barclays has opened a Digital Eagles programme to help people develop their digital skills. BT fund and run the Barefoot Computing Project that provides free cross-curriculum computer science resources and CPD workshops to help primary school teachers with no previous computer science. HP runs a Digital Schools Awards programme that provides a pathway and resources for schools seeking to do more with digital technology.  Accenture Skills to Succeed Academy provides online learning solution designed to help young people build their employability skills and confidence.

Cisco has offered to provide IT skills and career building material and support for learning institutions and individuals through their Cisco’s Networking Academy Programme.

Technological giant Apple has provided a platform where everyone can learn, write and teach coding and including building apps that bring ideas to life through Apple’s Everyone Can Code. Apple retail regularly hold a free workshops for people of all experience levels along with youth programs such as Apple Summer Camp and Apple Field Trip.

Samsung Digital Classrooms has provided an engaging and collaborative educational environment for nurturing the talent of the future. Samsung Digital Academies provides vocational training and qualifications in technology for young people to open opportunities for employment. Sky Academy Skills Studios and Sky Academy Careers Labs provided a half-day interactive and a full day careers experience to 8-18-year and 16 to 9 years offering a chance to learn about jobs in media, business and technology. O2 aims to help 20 million people engage better with technology by 2020 through its online safety partnership with the NSPCC.

At Digital Crux Consultants, we are in the process of rolling out our digital literacy courses. Our digital literacy course will help charities acquire the 5 basic digital skills.

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