‘Almost six million people in Britain have never used the internet and more than twelve million lack basic digital knowledge, a government report has said. The report presented in the House of Commons by the Science and Technology Committee warns that Britain is in the midst of a serious "digital crisis" that may damage the country's productivity and economic competitiveness. - International Business Times
‘The report found that:
- 22% of IT equipment in schools is ineffective
- Just 35% of computer science teachers had a relevant qualification
- Only 70% of the required number of computer science teachers have been recruited
- The UK needs another 745,000 workers with digital skills by 2017
- 90% of jobs require digital skills to some degree
- Skills gap costs economy around £63bn a year in lost income
"Digital exclusion has no place in 21st Century Britain," the Commons Science and Technology Committee said.
"While the government is to be commended for the actions taken so far... stubborn digital exclusion and systemic problems with digital education and training need to be addressed as a matter of urgency in the government's forthcoming digital strategy," it continued.’ - BBC News
‘The committee described the digital skills gap as a long-running weakness which the government must address, and noted that digital skills should be one of the core components of any apprenticeship scheme, not just of 'digital apprenticeships'.
The chair of the Science and Technology Committee, Nicola Blackwood, said: "The UK leads Europe on tech, but we need to take concerted action to avoid falling behind. We need to make sure tomorrow's workforce is leaving school or university with the digital skills that employers need.
"The Government deserves credit for action taken so far, but it needs to go much further and faster. We need action on visas, vocational training and putting digital skills at the heart of modern apprenticeships."
The committee said the Government's long-awaited and delayed 'Digital Strategy' must be published without any further delay, and must deliver in tackling "stubborn digital exclusion and systemic problems with digital education and training [which] need to be addressed as a matter of urgency".’ - techradar