11 million adults in the UK will be entitled to free digital skills lessons from 2020 as part of the government drive to increase the job prospects of millions of people. Lessons available to adults age 19 and over, will teach essential digital skills. Such as sending emails making online payments completing online forms and using a tablet. They will meet standard set by independent exams regulator Ofqual the government said.
The government claims that these skills are as important at work as a good understanding of English and maths. Launching the scheme, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said “lacking digital skills cuts many people off from so many opportunities from accessing new jobs further study and being able to stay in touch with friends and family”. People completing the course will receive an essentials digital skills qualification whilst a functional skills qualification will be available from 2021, offers support for employment or further education.