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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

UK to Equip 6,000 Underprivileged With Digital Skills, For Free | Global Citizen - Finance & Innovation

"HP is giving access to digital learning for disadvantaged adults and children in the UK." notes HP.

Photo: HP

It’s 2017, so you might imagine that in the United Kingdom, all citizens have access to technology. Sadly, that’s not the case, but the government is working to change that with a five-year plan.

The UK government has a little-known program with big impact called Digital Strategy. The program sets the vision and policy actions for the country’s digital economy for the next five years.

The mission behind the strategy aims to ensure everyone in the UK can develop the skills they need to thrive in a digital world.   

“We want everyone to have the skills and confidence they need to benefit from digital technology as we seek to make the most of the opportunities ahead and build a stronger, fairer Britain,” said Karen Bradley, secretary of state for culture, media and sport. “Improving digital skills is at the heart of the government's recent Digital Strategy, including this fantastic commitment by the HP Foundation to bring its free online learning platform to the UK. This will be vital in helping thousands of disadvantaged groups improve their business, IT and digital skills.”

As part of 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.

Source: Global Citizen