The essential digital skills framework defines the digital skills adults need to safely benefit from, participate in and contribute to the digital world.
This framework has been designed to support providers, organisations and employers across the UK who offer training for adults to secure their essential digital skills.
The frameworks sets out 5 categories of essential digital skills for life and work:
- handling information and content
- problem solving
- being safe and legal online
There is also information about foundation skills, which are typically required by those not currently using digital technology or using it in limited ways.
This is the first update of the basic digital skills framework since its original publication in 2015. Changes have been subject to wide consultation across:
- national and local government departments
The most significant change to the framework is the introduction of specific skills statements for life and work, to show progression.
This guide shares nine steps to preparing the workforce for digital transformation, and 10 case studies that show skills provision in practice. Key findings: To learn new skills, people in work need access to multiple services: We have found nine components for building learning ecosystems that adapt to changes in skills demand and support individuals … Continue reading
This toolkit provides stakeholders with guidance on developing a digital skills strategy. It is intended for policymakers, along with partners in the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and academia. Its overarching aim is to facilitate the development of a comprehensive digital skills strategy at country level. It is also possible to use this guide to focus … Continue reading
Nesta’s study of 41 million job adverts reveals not all digital skills will be equally valuable in the future and creativity is key. By 2030 the job market will look dramatically different. Previous Nesta research has predicted that about 10 per cent of workers are in occupations that are likely to grow as a share … Continue reading
Under Germany’s G20 presidency in 2017, the initiative #eSkills4Girls was launched to improve digital skills and employment perspectives for girls and women in particular in low income and developing countries. As part of the initiative,a report was published which examines the factors that influence the pathways of girls and women who aspire to enter, are … Continue reading
Digitisation is transforming the nature of work, as well as many aspects of social and civic life. Digital skills are vital for individuals and national economies to prosper in a rapidly-changing world, bene ting from the opportunities of digital and remaining resilient to potential risks. More than 90 per cent of jobs in some categories … Continue reading
A skills audit measures and records the skills and knowledge of a person. This study looks at skills audits in 16 EU countries to identify main types and the different methods, approaches and standards used. Effectiveness of skills audits is also analysed. Is there a common understanding of skills audit? The research shows that while there … Continue reading
At a time when all jobs, whether in a coffee shop or a bank, can seemingly be described as creative, you’d be forgiven for thinking the word had lost all meaning in the labour market. However, this first piece of research from the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC), written in partnership with Nesta, … Continue reading
Newcomers often face difficulties breaking into labour markets. Even highly educated and skilled workers without work history often struggle to land their first jobs. An important reason for this is that it is difficult for prospective employers to be sure of such unproven workers’ productivity Pallais (2014). This is especially true in online labour markets … Continue reading
The 23.2 release of the O*NET database includes the following: 339 technology skills related to 133 occupations were updated from employer job postings and other sources. Currently, 186 “hot technologies” are identified. 150 alternate titles related to 84 occupations were added from employer job postings and other sources. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read … Continue reading
Attitudes Towards Digital Skills around the World – 50 percent of respondents in China and India are ready to spend between one and five hours per week of their own time on improving them
The economic world is changing with unheard of impact and speed. How do people from different continents view this development? Do they consider their country’s reaction appropriate? How important is education in this matter – both at work and outside of it? The latest study ‘The Tech Divide – Industries and Employment’ offers answers to … Continue reading
Skills in New Economy – Shifting to a system where skills are the core currency of the labour market
The qualifications achieved in schools, colleges and universities, the brand of an educational institution or an employer, the social networks of a potential job applicant are all signals currently used to indicate the potential fit between individuals’ capabilities and job opportunities in the labour market. This system of skills proxies contributes to negative outcomes in … Continue reading
Skill systems are an important component of country competitiveness and, in aggregate, of the European Union (EU) as a whole. Several key principles of the European pillar of social rights are built around a well-functioning and inclusive labour market with education, training and lifelong learning at the heart. At the same time, the New skills agenda … Continue reading
Skills Gap in UK – 91% of the surveyed organisations struggled to find workers with the right skills over the past 12 months
The Open University Business Barometer investigates the extent and nature of the skills shortage in the UK, and the e ect it is having on organisations of all sizes. The data presented within the report have been collated from 950 senior business leaders in organisations of all sizes across the UK between 8 and 25 … Continue reading
The Life Skills for Europe (LSE) Framework offers an overarching framework for life skills learning that is applicable across Europe. The framework aims to establish a common understanding of life skills by defining eight key types of capabilities necessary to be an active participant in life and work. For each capability there are two aspects, … Continue reading
National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) – The inclusion of non-formal qualifications
National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF) referenced to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) are important policy instruments to promote mobility and lifelong learning at the national as well as the European level. The NQF can play a decisive role not only to improve the transparency of a national qualifications system, but also as a policy reform driver … Continue reading
The European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning (EQF) – To improve the transparency, comparability and portability
The European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning (EQF) aims to improve the transparency, comparability and portability of people’s qualifications. The EQF was set up in 2008 as a common reference framework of qualifications, expressed as learning outcomes at increasing levels of proficiency. The framework serves as a translation device between different qualifications systems and their levels. It is … Continue reading
Une compétence est l’ensemble de savoir-faire techniques, de connaissances requises et de savoir-être liés à l’exercice d’une tâche ou d’une activité professionnelle. On en distingue souvent plusieurs types: les compétences de base, les fortes, les compétences clés, les essentielles, les spécifiques, les générales… Mais existe-t-il des approches globales, des modèles en la matière, qui fassent le lien entre les différents … Continue reading
Une compétence est un ensemble de savoir-faire techniques, de connaissances requiseset de savoir-être liés à l’exercice d’une tâche ou d’une activité professionnelle. Ainsi, pour chaque métier et profession, on distingue des compétences qui correspondent à des fonctions ou des responsabilités majeures. Chacune des compétences se décline en éléments de compétences plus fins qui décrivent les performances spécifiques, … Continue reading