UK’s New Digital Strategy Promises ‘Nobody Will Be Left Behind’

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Digital technology underpins innovation and improvements in productivity across the whole British economy. The government’s new Digital Strategy, published this March, aims to harness this power, making Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business. The strategy will also ensure that the benefits are felt right across the country and throughout all sections of society – with nobody left behind. In 2017, we might imagine that in the UK, everyone has access to technology. Yet, sadly, that’s not the case.  Now, the government is working to change things with a five-year plan that sets the vision and policy actions for the country’s digital economy for the next five years. Businesses have played an important role developing the strategy.

The government has committed to provide access to a variety of free training opportunities for children and adults who lack relevant skills by working with the private sector through the Digital Skills Partnership. This year, HP LIFE, the HP Foundation’s free online learning program, has been selected as a resource in the Digital Strategy program. HP’s support will ensure that those learning digital skills will have a choice of 27 free online courses in seven languages to build key business competencies. It will be offered to disadvantaged groups in the UK to help them improve their business, IT and digital skills with the aim of reaching 6,000 new UK users over the next five years. Users will include asylum seekers, refugees and underprivileged young people.

This program will strengthen HP LIFE’s presence in the UK where the team is already working with new partner organisations to create opportunity through technology-related learning experiences. In addition, HP has pledged to introduce its HP Graphics Education Program in the UK, empowering the next generation of digital printing graduates with the skills they need to work in the rapidly changing digital printing space. HP will share content and knowledge with selected schools, institutions and partners and open HP’s demo and training centers to the most talented students through dedicated summer camps.

HP will also expand its Learning Studios initiative to more schools across the country, equipping schools with the latest education technologies with appropriate support to teachers and help improve IT skills, expose students to innovative skills and concepts such as design thinking, three-dimensional design and social entrepreneurship. HP believes it has a responsibility to partner with government, teachers, parents, pupils and other industry leaders to enhance digital learning and close the knowledge gap.

The UK’s new Digital Strategy marks the beginning of a new phase of close engagement between the government and the tech sectors. It has the potential to help businesses and charities make greater strides towards narrowing the skills gap and gaining a competitive advantage. With HP's support it will be a huge step forward for innovation and access to digital learning for disadvantaged adults and children in the UK.

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