Many jobs now have a digital element, and it is predicted that within 20 years 90% of all jobs will require some level of digital skills.
People have the opportunity to train and learn online too. The speed of technological development, including artificial intelligence, data analytics and robotics, has implications for the current and future workforce, and the skills they need, and the digital sector itself is growing in the UK.
And outside of work digital confidence is needed as people use government and other organisation's services, do their banking, use social media, shop online, search for jobs, keep in touch with friends and family and find information and news - to give just a few examples.
Unionlearn has welcomed the government announcement of a digital skills entitlement to Level 2 as it joins maths and English skills in importance. Trade union-led learning centres around the country, and unions and unionlearn working in partnership with other organisations, deliver opportunities for people to develop and improve their IT and digital skills. In 2014 unionlearn signed up to support the UK Digital Inclusion Charter, launched to mark the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web and has continued to promote the value of digital skills both in people’s work and home lives.