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Member States to promote long-term e-skills and digital literacy policies

Indicator Status Evidence
Does an explicit strategy document exist? No
Is there funding for digital literacy/e-skills projects and programmes (including EU funding)? Yes Skills funding agency (partnered with the Department for Buiness, Innovation and Skills) emerged from a restructuring in 2011. They took on end-to-end responsibility for the apprenticeship programme, launched the national careers service and ran a WorkSkills competition. Funding includes Lifelong Learners accounts, 24+ Learner Loans,,
Are there special programmes encouraging women, older workers ethnic minorities and other target groups to use ICT? Yes Computer Club for girls, Childcare expenses are often covered by bursaries to allow for women with children to attend courses. The UK Government appointed an independent Digital Champion (Martha Lane Fox) to advise Government on a range of Digital related issues, including action to tackle Digital Inclusion. This led to the creation of Race Online 2012 - a cross sector partnership promoting the benefits of being digitally enabled and linked to the challenge of helping to get people online by the time of the London 2012 Olympic games. Private, Public, and Voluntary sector organisations have worked together on national or local campaigns to promote the benefits of being digitally enabled. This has been supported by UK Online Centres, a network of local centres that offer access to the internet along with training and other assistance to help get people online. Over the last two years the network of UK Online Centres have helped over 1m people to get online and access the internet for the first time. Earlier this year two new developments have taken place to re-energise this activity: Race Online 2012 has been wound down to be replaced with - GO-ON UK - a new cross sector partnership created to take forward work on tackling digital exclusion; and a new mutual organisation - Online Centres Foundation - was created to develop the network of UK Online Centres going forward.
Are there special programmes targeting employees (especially older workers and SMEs)? Yes Business Link has an array of information on courses available for employees and owners of businesses. This ranges from training for staff, advice and funding, using the National Skills Academy, skills and training for directors and owners, networking, high level skills, qualifications and supporting local schools to develop these skills.
Is ICT being integrated in classroom teaching and vocational training? Yes The Department for Education (January 2012) announced that it would be removing harmful ICT lessons in favour for Computer Science GCSEs.
Are there programms offering ICT skills trainings in telecentres, public libraries and other informal environments? Yes National Careers Service offers 7011 courses relating to ICT across the UK of varying degrees from using email to Advanced Apprenticeships.

Best Practice Case

UK has best practice forming cooperatives where skills exist and are needed elsewhere, for example the IWP and ACPO agreement. Digital skills in the UK are a priority amongst both NGOs and government bodies. The DfE covers formal education, whilst government bodies such as BIS cover workplace training. This enables the UK to provide pervasive deployment of ICT skills.

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External contribution

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