Digital Skills & Inclusion Round-Up: October 2019
A handy monthly round-up of digital skills & digital inclusion programmes, happenings & funding in the UK from October, plus some recommended reading.
Digital skills programmes & campaigns
The Future.now digital skills project launched in London, aiming to tackle the UK digital skills gap. The initiative is made up of a coalition of partners across the commercial, education, charity & government sectors. Future.now will signpost people to existing digital inclusion initiatives, work on new ones, & tackle digital’s “image problem”.
Google Digital Garage opened a new digital skills hub in Portsmouth, along with the Digital Garage Bus touring the region. They also announced the next one in Belfast to open on 15th November. Both the learning centres & the bus offer free training through workshops & coaching on topics such as marketing, skills for work & basic digital skills, as well as working with local partners.
BT went all out, launching a host of new digital skills products, services & programmes. With the goal of creating “a better connected & more competitive Britain”, the launch includes ‘Skills for Tomorrow’ – an online & community training programme for schools, families & businesses. Their aim is to help 10m UK people, families & businesses by 2025.
Get Online Week, run by Good Things Foundation, took place from 14th-20th October, with organisations nation-wide taking part in offering support for those who want to improve their digital skills. The initiative focuses on digital inclusion & basic skills, with sessions offered by their Online Centres Network as well as partners around the UK. Read more here
Digital skills funding
- Department for Education & Nesta launch CareerTech Challenge – £5.75m funding to help UK workforce adapt to the changing labour market
- UK-wide funding available for Online Centres to deliver the ‘Make It Click’ programme with Good Things Foundation & Google
- LGA announces funding for 10 councils to provide support & mentoring to residents who lack the access, skills or confidence to make the most of digital. The goal of the Digital Inclusion programme is to improve peoples’ productivity & livelihoods.
- £19m government programme to help UK museums engage visitors with interactive exhibitions, immersive experiences & accessible digital collections
- £13m funding for universities & higher education providers to develop postgraduate “conversion courses” to upskill students in AI & data science
Digital skills & inclusion reading
- Precarious to prepared – A manifesto for supporting the six million most at risk of losing their jobs in the next decade – Nesta
- Future-proofing UK business for a digital future – Office for Students
- What do libraries do in a digital world? – The National Library of Wales
- Can the arts tackle digital exclusion? – Arts Professional
- Podcast: Tackling inclusion in the charity sector – Charity Digital Podcast