Innovation and changeDigital TransformationProject aims to make digital skills a reality at a local level

Project aims to make digital skills a reality at a local level

A ‘Playbook’ has been launched to help local organisations build partnerships that can support people in their communities to gain digital skills at all levels

A ‘Playbook’ has been launched to help local organisations build partnerships that can support people in their communities to gain digital skills at all levels. Good Things Foundation – a leading social change charity – and Tech Nation – the UK network for tech entrepreneurs – are behind the Playbook, in collaboration with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and they are now asking people and organisations to help co-create this new resource.

Digital skills are a powerful social and economic priority. Over 11 million UK adults lack one or more of the basic digital skills required for everyday life, 90% of future jobs will require digital skills, and some estimates suggest that the UK economy is losing £63bn a year in GDP as a result of gaps in digital skills.

The purpose of the Playbook is to provide an inspirational call to action and a source of best practice – the ‘plays’. Good Things Foundation and Tech Nation are calling on all people and organisations with an interest in digital skills to help co-create the Playbook as an open resource. If you’ve been involved in providing digital skills support in your local area, or if you have some great ideas on how to do so, you can add content to the Playbook – it’s an open document (accessible via Medium).

Helen Milner OBE, Chief Executive of Good Things Foundation, says: “Our aim is for the Playbook to be a call to action, a framework to guide set-up, and a source to find best practice. As well as setting out why local partners should work together on digital skills, it sets out what actions partners can take to have an impact. When it’s complete, the Playbook will be a valuable resource that will help organisations to build local partnerships and support people of all ages and levels of digital skills to become an integrated part of our increasingly digital world.”

Good Things Foundation and Tech Nation will be working with DCMS to promote the examples in the Playbook widely, so that as many local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and other partners as possible can benefit. Ultimately, the aim is to catalyse new digital skills activity in local areas across the country.

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