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Government plans to make UK one of most digitally-skilled nations

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Staff Writer | October 3, 2016
UK government has announced plans to make training in basic digital skills free for adults lacking relevant qualifications.
Karen Bradley
Britain   Adult Education Budget
The proposals, to be included in an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill, will mean publicly-funded basic digital skills training being offered free of charge to adults in England who need it. This is part of the Government’s ambition for the UK to be one of the most digitally-skilled nations in the world.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said: "In today’s digital economy, being able to use modern technology and navigate the Internet should be considered as important as English and Maths.

"But too many people struggle to get by, with more than ten million adults in England lacking the basic digital skills they need.

"We will make sure all adults who need it can receive free training in digital skills to equip them for the modern world."

An ONS survey shows that an estimated 5.3 million people in the UK have never used the Internet.

Courses will be delivered by colleges and other adult education providers, and training will be funded from the existing Adult Education Budget.