Digital Skills Training

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

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 businesse... »

UK Businesses Falling Short on Digital Skills Training

UK Businesses Falling Short on Digital Skills Training

UK small businesses are ‘not doing enough’ to boost employee digital competence, according to a report by Barclays. The survey of both employees and employers found that small firms are only spending an average of £109 annually per employee on digital skills training – leaving themselves at risk of falling behind foreign competitors. Over a third (34%) of the businesses surveyed admitted they found it difficult to implement the right training to digitally up-skill staff, and 45% said they felt their older employees were slower to pick up the required skillsets than younger recruits. The report highlighted  fears that UK small enterprises will be left behind in the ‘digital revolution’ with 40% of small businesses having revealed that they rely on graduates and younger employees for t... »