Government outlines plans for British digital powerhouse

Plans to make Britain a digital business powerhouse were outlined by culture secretary Karen Bradley this morning.

Free digital skills training opportunities will be offered to millions of individuals, businesses and charities as part of the Digital Strategy being spearheaded by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

A new Digital Skills Partnership was announced that sees a number of commitments from big business, including:

    • Lloyds Banking Group: to give face-to-face training to 2.5m individuals, charities, and SMEs by 2020
    • Barclays: to teach basic coding to 45,000 more children and assist up to 1m people with general digital skills and cyber awareness
    • Google: to help boost digital skills in seaside towns, as part of its commitment of five hours of free digital skills for everyone

The Government also said it plans to create five international technology hubs in emerging markets to help provide British business with a global competitive edge.

Commenting on the long awaited Digital Strategy, secretary of state for culture Karen Bradley said it sets a path to make Britain the best place to start and grow a digital business, trial a new technology, or undertake advanced research.

“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,” she said.

“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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