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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)
  • Lord Knight of Weymouth (Officer)
  • Lord Lucas (Officer)
  • Damian Collins MP (Officer)
  • Miriam Cates MP (Officer)

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

DIGITAL SKILLS APPG LAUNCHES A CALL TO EVIDENCE ON SKILLS FOR EMPLOYMENT: DIGITAL SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE OF WORK

The APPG on Digital Skills is launching a call for evidence on digital skills for employment and what policies we need to put in place to safeguard the future workforce.

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant changes to the way we work and communicate in our daily lives, with a heavy reliance on video communication technology. This placed an obligation onto employers to adapt their procedures to ensure staff were supported in the transition to remote working, a move which has impacted by businesses and the workforce.

The APPG’s call will look at what steps will need to be taken to align digital skills policy to the new ways of working, so that employers can provide a healthy working environment for their employees, have access to the equipment and skills necessary to build sustainable and successful careers in the years ahead.

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

Responses should focus on the following questions:

  • Thinking of how your organisation adapted to work during the pandemic, will you be taking any of the practices you have changed or learned over the past 18 months forward?
  • How can organisations best support their workforce beyond the pandemic?
  • What can organisations do more of to support those that are not currently in work?
  • What policies would you like to see in the Government’s upcoming Digital Strategy?
  • What recommendations or observations can you offer to policy makers on where digital skills policy could be improved to best support you or your sector moving forward?

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 to consider how digital skills policy can best reflect the modern way of working in our post-pandemic economy.

“It is vital that we understand the great changes that have taken place and harness that evidence to inform our digital skills policy.

“We are keen to hear from large and small businesses, employees, self-employed people, job seekers, trade unions, trade associations, trainers and educators to understand what needs to be done to ensure digital skills policy remain up-to-date, inclusive and sustainable. 

The deadline for submission is Friday 4th June 2021 at 17:00.

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

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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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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