BT, today launch Skills for Tomorrow, a new online and community training programme designed to provide essential digital skills training for 10 million school children, families and businesses across the UK.
The UK faces an alarming digital skills gap, which is having a profound impact on our country. Millions of people and a significant number of businesses across the UK lack the essential digital skills they need, which risks making social divides wider and is having an estimated £63bn annual impact on the UK’s future competitiveness.
As one of the leading digital skills organisations in the UK, BT has chosen to partner with Good Things Foundation on the Skills for Tomorrow programme, helping to support older and vulnerable people through free face-to-face support, which will help them get online and make the most of the digital tools modern life increasingly depends on.
Digital skills support will be delivered across the country by the national Online Centres Network, which offers places in the community where anyone can go to learn the essential digital skills and build their digital confidence.
As part of the Skills for Tomorrow programme, BT have launched a range of new products, services and skills programmes to help create a better connected and more competitive Britain.
- For teachers: BT is providing digital skills and computing training for a further 3 million children by 2025 in partnership with Computing at School, through the highly successful Barefoot computing programme. The programme has already helped more than 70,000 primary school teachers and 2 million children to learn computational thinking and the computing curriculum.
- For young people: By 2025, BT’s Work Ready programme will help a further 5,000 18-24 year olds not currently in education, employment or training acquire new skills, work experience, and ready them for employment or further education. 2,700 young people have completed the BT Work Ready programme to date.
- For more vulnerable, and digitally excluded people: In partnership with Good Things Foundation, there will be 90 BT sponsored Online Centres across the UK delivering Skills for Tomorrow sessions, as well as providing face-to-face support and training.
- For businesses: Ambition to provide digital skills training to one million small business owners and employees by 2025 through working with partners including Google Digital Garage, LinkedIn and more.
- For families: New training, resources and activities to give parents and children more confidence in using digital tech and help bring digital skills thinking into the home.