More than 12 million adults in the UK lack basic digital skills. That’s according to the work of Go ON UK and later Doteveryone over several years. They’ve been working hard to highlight this problem and how it affects both individuals and our workforce as a whole. The need for basic digital skills is now widely recognised. There’s been a recent announcement that this work has been handed over to the Tech Partnership, an organisation that has a track record of bringing people together to address critical digital issues. They will lead the next phase of working to create skills for the UK’s digital economy .
As L&D and HR professionals, it’s important we consider our own digital skills. Our people are already using technology in every area of their lives outside the organisation. We must take advantage of the ever growing technology that is available to help our organisations thrive.
In several conversations I’ve had about digital skills over the past few weeks, there is one thing for sure. Many people in the industry recognise the need to develop digital skills, but for some, they’re not always sure of where to start and who to ask.
This week, on the DPG Community, I’ve set up a group dedicated to bringing people in our industry together in a place to talk about digital skills, share challenges and resources to help us all develop our digital skills. It could be working with video filming and editing for the first time, producing audio podcasts, using social media, building communities of practice. The list goes on.
If you’re interested in being a part of this free online community of practice to help develop your own digital skills, I’d love to have you with us. Find out more information here.