The Prince's Trust Bridges Digital Skills Gap

The Prince's Trust has partnered with not-for-profit organisation, Young Scot, to help tackle a lack of digital skills in young people.

The charities will work together to run a project for young people to allow them to attend training sessions where they will learn a range of digital skills which ultimately aims to provide them with a better chance of getting jobs in the future.

Chief executive at Young Scot, Louise Macdonald, said: "As a digital-led organisation, Young Scot understands the huge role digital technology plays in the lives of young people. From communicating with friends and family on social media, to applying for jobs online, digital skills are of paramount importance to young people.

"We're hopeful this will support them to feel more confident using digital tools to access information and increase their employability."

Earlier this year The Prince's Trust said that 10% of young people who are not in education or employment say they are "out of their depth" using computers.

A quarter said they were uncomfortable filling out online job applications as a lack of digital skills often acted as a barrier when applying for jobs.

The two charities will run their sessions in a centre in Glasgow where young people will have access to digital training sessions.

The Prince's Trust director in Scotland, Allan Watt, said:"Too often vulnerable young people are at a disadvantage when it comes to having the confidence and digital skills which employers are crying out for.

"Our partnership with Young Scot will give young people the opportunity to share their experiences and create a project which truly supports their needs. Using our new Samsung Digital Classroom, they will be able to develop their knowledge and technical skills to help them achieve success in work, education or business."

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