New ServicesTech City UK launches government-funded online learning platform for digital skills

Tech City UK launches government-funded online learning platform for digital skills

The massive open online course (MOOC) brings together resources from industry experts and educational institutions and will be offered free to anyone in the UK.

Tech City UK has launched the world’s first government-funded digital skills course, the Digital Business Academy.

The programme has been developed in partnership with UCL to help fix the UK’s digital skills gap. It is thought that 745,000 digitally skilled workers will be needed in the UK between 2013 and 2017.

The massive open online course (MOOC) brings together resources from industry experts and educational institutions and will be offered free to anyone in the UK. The partners include the BBC, Twitter, O2, Unruly, Techstars and Microsoft Ventures.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the scheme will help “reinforce the UK’s position as a leading digital economy.”

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