Digital skills are vitally important for people and organisations. Digital is already part of everyday life and is changing the world of work in fundamental ways.
But 11.3 million adults in the UK still lack the basic digital skills required to safely benefit from, participate in and contribute to the digital world. The UK digital skills productivity gap in the workplace has been estimated at £63 billion a year, and too few young people are being equipped with the digital skills necessary for roles in the tech sector.
At a national level, there is evidence of a mismatch between the digital skills people and organisations need and the opportunities available to supply these skills. But this mismatch should be addressed at a local level, where need - and the barriers to addressing it - can be better identified.
Local organisations and people can work together to ensure everyone has the right digital skills and that’s why we're working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to encourage the development of Local Digital Skills Partnerships.
Local Digital Skills Partnerships bring together local partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors to take action on digital skills. There are three already up and running, and lots of other local initiatives making a big impact on digital skills.
To inspire and support more areas to move forward on digital skills, we've started putting together a Playbook on how to start a Local Digital Skills Partnership. You can take a look at what we have so far by clicking the link below.
The value of the Playbook will lie in the quality of the 'Plays' (case studies). So if you have an example of good practice, we'd love to hear about it!
We're looking for examples of actions and initiatives, case studies showing successes, and lessons you have learned that could inform the work of others.
The Playbook is structured around a six-step model that reflects each of the potential steps in increasing digital skills in a local area. Choose the step you think is most relevant to you, and complete the Google Form linked to it. We'll then review the information you've provided with DCMS, and consider how it can feature in the Playbook.