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Giving learners the start they need for the future they want

Essential Digital Skills are more important than ever. Since 2020, face-to-face communication has become more difficult, so understanding digital technology and communication is vital to stay connected in work and life.

Our Essential Digital Skills qualifications (EDSQ) are funded qualifications mapped to national standards for digital literacy. These qualifications are designed to meet digital knowledge gaps and provide vital skills, such as:

  • Using devices and handling information
  • Creating and editing
  • Communicating
  • Transacting
  • Being safe and responsible online.

Our Essential Digital Skills qualifications are available at Entry Level 3  and  Level 1, perfect for learners between 16 − 19 and adult learners.

Learn more about Essential Digital Skills Qualifications with our EDSQ Quick Guide.

Skills Builder: initial assessment and resources

Skills Builder provides EDSQ initial assessment and resources , developed in collaboration with the digital subject matter experts who developed the national standards for the Department for Education, to ensure their effectiveness.

Your learners will go through a range of initial assessments so you can understand their current digital skills and competency, then, we’ll provide an individual skills plan tailored to each learner’s specific needs with areas identified for improvement.

The easy-to-navigate platform is available 24/7, so your learners can develop their skills on demand at a time that suits them.

For more information on our EDSQ qualifications and Skills Builder, and a free copy of our Essential Digital Skills quick guide, please fill in the contact form above.

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Get in touch to find out more about our Essential Digital Skills qualifications and receive a free copy of our Essential Digital Skills quick guide.

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Why choose NCFE?

When you decide to work with us, you’re choosing:

  • Products and services developed by experts in their fields who understand sector skills gaps, as well as current and future employer requirements
  • The best possible start for your learners, who will master the skills they need to progress in work and in life, across a lifetime of learning
  • Deep expertise in a number of specialist sectors, with a network of collaborators delivering transformational learning experiences in these areas 
  • Skills diagnostic and assessment tools, developed to help you support your learners’ individual needs
  • Customer service with a 96% satisfaction rate and world-class Net Promoter Score (NPS)*
  • Clear service-level agreements, multi-channel service, end-to-end support with dedicated account management and transparent pricing
  • A educational charity with a 170-year heritage in vocational and technical learning.

*NCFE has an NPS of 81, putting us in the world-class category. Our customer satisfaction score (CSAT) is 4.83 out of 5. Statistics correct as of January 2022