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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:

  • Lord Knight of Weymouth (Vice Chair)
  • Chris Green MP (Vice Chair)
  • Nigel Huddleston MP (Officer)
  • Lord Lucas (Officer)

Group sponsors:

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

Call for evidence

The APPG on Digital Skills is launching a call for evidence on the impact of COVID-19 and lessons learned for improving digital skills in the future.

COVID-19 has resulted in a rapid change to our working life. Statistics estimate that 60% of the UK’s adult population are currently working from home during the Coronavirus lockdown. This means that technology is now playing a more prominent role in supporting everyday activities such as online shopping or accessing healthcare, widening the digital divide between those who have access and those who do not. Many organisations and educators have been creative and flexible in trying to operate as normal as possible, which can be seen as businesses and organisations adapt to remote working, learning and the holding of online exams, but it has also been an opportunity to reach out to those who do not normally go online and support individuals with their digital skills.

The APPG’s call for evidence will look at what steps need to be taken to ensure that we improve digital skills in the future, and what we can learn from the last few months to inform digital skills policy into the future.

Submissions should be a maximum of two pages and submitted via email to digitalskillsappg@connectpa.co.uk.

It should focus on answering the following questions:

  • What issues has your organisation identified during the Covid-19 crisis.
  • How has your organisation adapted to the issues raised in the answer to question (1) and in the move to remote working/learning?
  • Using the above, what recommendations do you have for policy makers to support digital skills in the future?

Julie Elliott MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Digital Skills said:

“I’m pleased to announce that the APPG on Digital Skills is launching a call to evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on the Digital Skills sector, in order to learn what issues have emerged in the country during the last few months, and how we can take what we have learned into the future.

“We are keen to hear from leading businesses, educators, financial services representatives, trade associations, charities, local government and many more, to understand what needs to be done to ensure that we can improve digital skills into the future, in a sustainable and innovative way.”

The APPG is also requesting case studies, statistics and any practical examples of how your organisation has responded to COVID-19 and how you will use this to improve digital skills going forward.

The deadline for submission is Friday 3rd July at 5pm.

Group Sponsors

The Group is supported by the organisations below who help fund the running of the Group via its secretariat, Connect. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the Group please contact digitalskillsappg@connectpa.co.uk.

 

Contact the group

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

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