Brand new Framework for Essential Digital Skills now available
Lloyds Banking Group and the Tech Partnership today announce the launch of the Essential Digital Skills Framework, created to help address the digital divide and enable people to fully participate in the digital world.
Research from the newly published Lloyds Bank Consumer Digital Index (2018) highlights that across the UK, 11.3m UK adults, including 10% of the workforce, are disadvantaged at home or at work by not having essential digital skills.
There are clear social and economic imperatives to addressing this inequity. The new Essential Digital Skills Framework is designed to help by creating a common structure and language for everyone in the UK engaged in this area. This includes the Department for Education (DfE) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), who plan to use the updated framework as the basis for developing new national standards for essential digital skills.
This first update of the Basic Digital Skills framework since its original creation in 2015 by Go ON UK reflects substantial changes to technology in society. It also introduces a distinction and progression between essential digital skills for life and for work. Areas covered include managing information, communicating, transacting, problem solving, and being safe and legal online.
The new framework is a result of a wide consultation, with input from over 300 responses from industry, charities, national and local government departments, academics and individuals. The work was coordinated by Lloyds Banking Group and the Tech Partnership, overseen by a steering group including Accenture, Amazon, BT, the British Retail Consortium, Corsham Institute, DfE, DCMS, DWP, FSB, Good Things Foundation, Greater London Authority, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, HMRC, Microsoft, NHS Digital, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and SSE.
Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton: “Digital skills are now an important element of everyday life as we become increasingly linked with technology. It is predicted that 90% of jobs will need digital skills in 20 years, but one in five of us in the UK don’t have basic digital skills… We want people of all ages and backgrounds to have the opportunity to get the training they need to get the jobs they want, so we’re fully funding basic skills training from 2020… The work Lloyds and the Tech Partnership are doing will help us make sure exciting new technology is a benefit – not a barrier – to everyone.”
Karen Price, CEO of The Tech Partnership: “Together with an inspirational leadership group of experts including employers, training providers and government, we have created this updated framework to help ensure that everyone in the UK can safely benefit from and contribute to the digital world of today and the future, both at home and at work.”
Nick Williams, Transformation Managing Director, Lloyds Banking Group:”As part of our commitment to help Britain prosper, we are delighted to have released our third annual Consumer Digital Index report, benchmarking the digital and financial capability of people in the UK. Whilst progress has been made in helping everyone develop digital skills, the report tells us there is more to do – with 11.3 million people still needing our help to become fully proficient with digital skills. We are really proud to have worked in collaboration with so many partners on this refreshed framework, which will help to tackle the skills gap and accelerate change.”