Government has announced plans to make training in basic digital skills free for adults lacking relevant qualifications. According to the Office for National Statistics, around 5.3 million people in the UK have never used the internet. Government hope that ‘digital literacy’ will become just as important as English and maths and that the UK will become one of the most digitally-skilled nations in the world.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley, said:
In today’s digital economy, being able to use modern technology and navigate the Internet should be considered as important as English and Maths. But too many people struggle to get by, with more than ten million adults in England lacking the basic digital skills they need.
We will make sure all adults who need it can receive free training in digital skills to equip them for the modern world.
The reforms will be introduced through an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill, currently going through Parliament.