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GDS Promises Focus on Skills and Industry Partnership

The Government Digital Strategy (GDS) has been launched today and pledges to grow the UK’s technology skills

The Government Digital Strategy (GDS) has been launched today and pledges to grow the UK’s technology skills.

The plan is one of a series of strategies released by the government in recent months and sets out how it plans to work with industry to ensure the success of the UK digital economy.

One of the key focuses is around upskilling the UK’s public and businesses. This includes a digital skills partnership where the government will work with businesses, charities and government organisations to ensure people have the skills needed to thrive in a digital world.

According to a report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, the UK’s digital skills gap costs the economy £63bn a year, and up to 12.6 million of the adult population lack basic digital skills.

The report said: “Digital skills are becoming increasingly essential for getting access to a range of products and services.

“However, there is a digital divide where up to 12.6 million of the adult UK population lack basic digital skills.”

Secretary of state for culture, media and sport, Karen Bradley, said the strategy “sets a path to make Britain the best place to start and grow a digital business, trial a new technology, or undertake advanced research as part of the government’s plan to build a modern, dynamic and global trading nation.

“To do that, we will work closely with businesses and others to make sure the benefits and opportunities are spread across the country so nobody is left behind.

“There should be no digital divide – every individual and every business should have the skills and confidence to make the most of digital technology and have easy access to high-quality internet wherever they live, work, travel or learn.”

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