Digital Strategy To Provide Businesses With Free Training To Make UK World Leader

Under the scheme, international tech hubs will be created to develop partnerships between UK businesses and local tech firms

Digital Strategy To Provide Businesses With Free Training To Make UK World Leader

The UK government has today launched a ‘Digital Strategy’, which will see businesses provided with free digital skills training in order to make the UK a world leader in tech.

Announced by secretary of state for culture, media and sport Karen Bradley, five international tech hubs will be created in emerging markets to develop partnerships between UK businesses and local tech firms.

Among the business-focused initiatives include the creation of a ‘Business Connectivity Forum’ which will see local authorities and enterprises work together to improve broadband availability, a new competition to spark the development of new fintech products, and confirmation of the £1bn investment in 5G announced in the Autumn Statement.

A ‘Digital Skills Partnership’ will see also see government and businesses working together with charities and voluntary groups, to ensure people are both suitably skilled for local jobs and are aware of training opportunities available.

Other schemes will see Lloyds Banking Group give face-to-face digital skills training to 2.5 million small businesses by 2020, Barclays to teach basic coding to one million people, and Google to help boost digital skills in seaside towns.

Bradley said:

“This Digital Strategy sets a path to make Britain the best place to start and grow a digital business, trial a new technology, or undertake advanced research as part of the government’s plan to build a modern, dynamic and global trading nation.

“There should be no digital divide – every individual and every business should have the skills and confidence to make the most of digital technology and have easy access to high-quality internet wherever they live, work, travel or learn.”

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