Free courses will be offered to thousands of people to help the 1 in 5 adults with no or low basic digital skills.
The new qualifications, unveiled today by Apprenticeship and Skills Minister Anne Milton will be available for free to anyone over the age of 19 from 2020.
They have been designed to help adults learn the essential skills, such as sending emails, completing online forms or using a tablet, that many people take for granted.
Research shows that digital skills have become as important in getting a job and being part of society as English and Maths. An estimated 90% of all jobs in the next 20 years will require some form of digital knowledge, but one in five adults still lack these skills.
The new offer will comprise of:
- a range of new essential digital skills qualifications, available from 2020, that will meet new conditions and requirements set by independent exams regulator Ofqual.
- digital Functional Skills qualifications, available from 2021, that will support progression into employment or further education and develop skills for everyday life.
You can read more about the courses here: New digital skills for adults