A pioneering new Digital Skills Partnership will see Government, business, charities and voluntary organisations coming together to make sure people have the right skills for the jobs in their area and are aware of all the digital training opportunities on offer. This Government-led initiative will help both businesses and individuals and make sure no one is left behind.
More than four million free digital skills training opportunities will be created as part of a Digital Strategy to make Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business and ensure our digital economy works for everyone.
The strategy includes new commitments, including a plan by Lloyds Banking Group to give face-to-face digital skills training to 2.5 million individuals, charities and small and medium businesses by 2020; plans by Barclays to teach basic coding to 45,000 more children and assist up to one million people with general digital skills and cyber awareness; and a pledge by Google, as part of their commitment of five hours of free digital skills for everyone, to help boost digital skills in seaside towns.
It is part of the Government’s ambitions to ensure everyone has the skills they need to flourish in a digitally-driven economy. Businesses have played an important role developing the strategy. To capitalise on these new relationships and deliver a thriving, outward-looking digital economy, the strategy also sets out plans to empower innovative businesses and deliver world-class connectivity.
Farhad Reyazat, Smarty Software CEO commented “Automation software is the backbone of growing a small business. Allowing MDs, CEOs and business owners to utilise their time effectively, without worrying about the day to day runnings of a business, such as invoicing, team management and website maintenance, the technology allows them to fine-tune their business and lets them to concentrate on growing it from the ground up.”
Farhad with over 15 years’ experience in the corporate banking world, as well as a wealth of experience helping small businesses grow thanks to being head of his own consultancy firm, he has a knows exactly what it takes for businesses to not only succeed, but also thrive, when it comes to competing in tough times. He continued: ‘’Due to the uncertainties that are surrounding the UK at the moment, the importance of focusing on growing a business – particularly for small business and start-ups – cannot be underestimated.”
Gerard Grech, chief executive, Tech City UK, said: The UK’s tech sector is rapidly becoming a global force to reckon with, but we must ensure that we stay ahead by continuing to provide a supportive environment for British startups and digital companies to grow in, especially since other countries are trying to take advantage of our departure from the European Union. In the UK tech sector jobs are being created at twice the rate of the wider economy, and today’s Digital Strategy provides an ambitious road map for the industry to continue growing at this rate and building a new economy fit for the future.
The strategy also builds on the Government Transformation Strategy, launched earlier this month by Minister for the Cabinet Office Ben Gummer, which maps out how Government will transform the relationship between the citizen and the state to improve public services. This has ambitions to make it as easy to renew your passport or report a crime as it is to buy a book online, and aims to sign up to 25 million people onto the Government identity service Verify by 2020.