Digital skills

Many jobs now have a digital element, and it is predicted that within 20 years 90 per cent 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, in the UK. The digital sector itself is constantly growing.

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 adult digital skills funding entitlement. This is a sign that digital skills joins maths and English skills in importance. The new publicly funded digital skills offer is due by 2020.

Trade union-led learning centres around the country, unions and unionlearn working in partnership with other organisations, deliver opportunities for people to develop and improve their 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 keeps promoting the value of digital skills both in people’s work and home lives.