Called by co-founder Martha Lane-Fox, the House of Lords is debating ‘Improving digital understanding at all levels of UK society’ on 7 September. AELP has sent peers a briefing note (available for download here) with a series of recommendations on digital skills training. The main points are:

  1. AELP would encourage the Government to honour its commitment to ensure publicly-funded basic digital skills training is offered free of charge to adults in England who need it.
  2. It is vital that the training infrastructure is properly funded to deliver learning of good digital skills and that there is support available to capacity-build where it is needed to ensure that an appropriate level of such provision is available.
  3. Currently there are 13 developed apprenticeship standards for the digital industries and more in development. AELP believes all such apprenticeships should include a recognised qualification that helps apprentice completers switch jobs if they want to.
  4. We ask why digital skills are not funded as part of all apprenticeships.
  5. The new technical education standards under the Sainsbury reforms for 16 to 18 year olds should not diverge much at all from the equivalent apprenticeship standards.
  6. There still are too many bureaucratic barriers and restrictions for training providers to develop and deploy a technological-led approach to learning which inhibits growth.
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