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The purpose of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Digital Skills is to provide a forum for parliamentarians, educators and employers to promote the importance of digital skills and to encourage a greater understanding of digital skills for personal, educational and career development.

About the Group

The key objectives of the Group will be to:

  1. Raise awareness to parliamentarians and policymakers that digital skills are vital to the UK economy;
  2. Communicate the urgency of upskilling the population in digital skills and the importance of improving digital skills to enhance the UK’s productivity, competitiveness and social mobility;
  3. Work with MPs to champion digital skills in communities, education and the workplace.

Group officers:

The APPG is chaired by Julie Elliott MP, a member of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

The other officers of the group are:

  • Chris Green MP (Vice Chair)
  • Damian Collins MP (Officer)
  • Miriam Cates MP (Officer)
  • Siobhain McDonagh MP (Officer)
  • Owen Thompson MP (Officer)
  • Lord Knight of Weymouth (Officer)
  • Lord Lucas (Officer)
  • Lord Aberdare (Officer)
  • Lord Hall of Birkenhead (Officer)
  • Baroness Verma (Officer)
  • Baroness Goudie (Officer)

The group is sponsored by BT, City and Guilds, and Google, who are passionate about driving the agenda forward.

Meeting programme

Digital skills and work: The role of national government – 2pm on 26 April

Digital skills and work: The role of businesses – 2pm on 24 May

Digital skills and work: Effective Interventions – 2pm on 5 July

Government must urgently act to develop a cross-departmental, digital economic recovery strategy or risk a prolonged recovery

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Digital Skills latest report calls on the Government to urgently work with educators, local authorities and industry to develop a cross-departmental, digital economic recovery strategy or risk a slower recovery.

The APPG on Digital Skills report has been established in response to the Group’s call for evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on digital skills and how to improve this in the future, the report sets out 15 recommendations to support and accelerate the growth of digital infrastructure, connectivity, devices and skills in the UK.

These include:

  1. The development of a cross-departmental digital economic recovery strategy, the Government must go beyond its recent commitment to publish a Digital Strategy and work with educators, local authorities and industry to establish this
  2. The introduction of a digital training resources network in collaboration with Government, industry and educators to provide a basic introduction to digital skills
  3.  Greater investment in future proofing the UK’s digital infrastructure and providing targeted support for those not currently online
  4. Financial backing for initiatives like DevicesDotNow that seek to widen access to devices and connectivity
  5. The continuation of fraud awareness campaigns which adapt and reflect the changes in fraud and scam techniques
  6. Creation of lifelong learning hubs in partnership with local and central government, LEPs, employers, educators, charities and community groups
  7. Establishment of a Sector Skills Grant Scheme from the Government, this would allow businesses to adapt their training schemes for workers and new starters to upskill themselves and protect businesses against the fallout from COVID-19
  8. Reform of the apprenticeship levy and ensure that digital skills are built into existing standards as they are reviewed
  9. Greater collaboration between academia, industry and Government through the creation of a COVID-19 digital response working group
  10. Ensuring the right infrastructure and policies are in place to successfully implement blended learning, including greater flexibility with university and college funding rates and rules and awareness of online learning platforms available

You can read the full report here.

News & Views

Spreading digital skills and opening up the tech industry

As technology advances and the nature of work adapts and changes, the importance of digital skills to those in work and those seeking work goes beyond job retention and the opening up of wider economic and social opportunity for the individual. They are imperative for future-proofing the economy for the country too.

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Why we must prioritise tackling the digital divide

The cultural reset that occurred at the start of the pandemic was a major one – we went from learning and working in offices and schools to doing it at home. It was a remarkable adaption for many, but it was not an inclusive one. Millions found themselves at home without the means by which to conduct their usual activities, and those who had the ability to get online and the skills to make the most out it profited at the expense of those who did not.

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View the All Party Parliamentary Group on Digital Skills Updates Archive »

Contact the group

Public Enquiry Point:
Connect provide the Secretariat to the Group on behalf of the Group sponsors. For further information please contact us on 0207 592 9592 or DigitalSkillsAPPG@connectpa.co.uk

Chair: Julie Elliott MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 7165. Email: julie.elliott.mp@parliament.uk

This is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in these webpages are those of the group

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