Government plans to make UK one of most digitally-skilled nationsStaff Writer | October 3, 2016
UK government has announced plans to make training in basic digital skills free for adults lacking relevant qualifications.
Britain Adult Education Budget
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. ■