URGENT ACTION NEEDED FOR IT SKILLS CRISIS

20th June 2016

A report to MPs by the science and technology committee has criticised the Government for dragging its heels and failing to tackle the problem of digital exclusion.

The report says that six million people have never used the internet – and the Government must announce a digital strategy.

It says: “Digital exclusion has no place in 21st Century Britain. While the Government is to be commended for the actions taken so far to tackle aspects of the digital skills crisis, stubborn digital exclusion and systemic problems with digital education and training need to be addressed as a matter of urgency in the Government’s forthcoming Digital Strategy.”

More than 12 million adults lack basic skills such as doing an internet search, viewing a video or writing on social media. The result is a cost to the economy of £63 million a year.

The report expresses concerns that the government does not understand the seriousness of the problem. “We need to change the UK’s cultural perception of digital technology.”

Full details of the report here.