Empowering and enabling underrepresented people through digital skills training
training for the future
The most common reason for not using the internet is lack of confidence, motivation or understanding. This means that 11.5 million adults in the UK lack one of the five basic digital skills, which means they are more likely to face poverty, unemployment and poor health. They are frequently disengaged from education, and therefore need to have a focused, person-centred approach to build their confidence with digital, before starting to learn and develop new skills.
Staying safe and legal
Embeded across the four basic digital skills, staying safe and legal online is considered the most important.
Example: Recognise suspicious emails and weblinks
Communicate, collaborate, and share online
Example: Communicate with friends or family using Facebook Messenger or e-mail
Information & Content
Find, manage and store digital information & content securely
Example: Use the internet to check if a news story is true or false
Apply for services, buy and sell and manage transactions online
Example: Signup for Universal Credit and online billing
Find solutions to problems using digital tools and online services
Example: Contact an energy supplier to ask for help
Five basic digital skills
Developed in partnership with organisations, government and charities, these set of skills are the most essential to give a person the best chance of the highest quality of life.
Research shows that people who do not have these five skills are more likely to be facing other forms of exclusion and inequality.
What we're doing to help
1 in 5 adults in the U.K have no or low basic digital skills, and Pledge is on a mission to train these adults to survive in an increasingly digital world.
Without digital skills, 11.5 million adults will face exclusion and inequality. This means they are more likely toffee living in poverty, unemployment and poor health.
Beginning in 2020, Pledge will launch its basic digital skills training to train and empower thousands of adults to live their highest quality of life.
Nobody should face exclusion or inequality through the lack of basic digital skills.