InsightsGovernment issues ambivalent response to Digital Skills Committee report

Government issues ambivalent response to Digital Skills Committee report

Baroness Morgan, the chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills, has said that she is underwhelmed by the government’s response to the committee’s request for a better digital education.

Baroness Morgan, the chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills, has said that she is underwhelmed by the government’s response to the committee’s request for a better digital education.

In February this year, the committee published “Make or break: The UK’s digital future”, which examines the UK’s digital skills shortage and highlights the huge impact that advancing technology is having on the labour market.

The report encourages the government to try and strengthen the UK’s place as a global digital leader by for example, making digital literacy a core subject at school and putting a single ‘digital agenda’ at the heart of government.

The government has now issued a response to the findings of the report, however Morgan appears disappointed by its reply.

In a statement issued to Computer Weekly, Baroness Morgan said that she welcomed the commitment to a Statement to Parliament in the summer of 2016 to update on progress, and is pleased that the Digital Economy unit now has a “proper focus”.

Morgan is however “underwhelmedby the government’s response to the committee’s “significant concerns about current provision and planning for improvement in the roll-out of digital education – including coding – in schools, further education colleges, via tailored apprenticeships and in universities”.

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