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Addressing the digital skills gap

A spotlight on digital skills

The impact of the Covid19 pandemic has resulted in significant adaptions to the way we live and work. With remote working becoming part of the ‘new normal’, our reliance on digital skills is now greater than ever before. They are no longer an option for many looking to stay connected and contribute to society.

While digital skills have gained a renewed emphasis, they have long been highlighted as a key focus area for all regions as a result of a skills gap analysis in Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

The government launched the Digital Strategy in 2017 with one of the focus areas being on ensuring people have the digital skills they need, preventing digital exclusion. You can read more about this here.

Digital Skills have also been reviewed due to a change in funding through AEB: “Adults will have the opportunity to undertake improved digital courses based on new national standards setting out the digital skills people need to get on in life and work. The new entitlement will be funded through the national Adult Education Budget (AEB).”  More information on the government’s commitment to improving adult’s basic digital skills can be found here

Digital solutions

At NCFE, we understand that whilst ‘digital’ is a growing industry in its own right, it also underpins all other sector areas with basic digital skills a requirement in most modern job roles.

It’s with this in mind that we can support you in addressing these skills gaps through a package of digital qualifications, all eligible for AEB funding.

Level 1 Certificate in Digital Skills


Level 2 Certificate in Digital Skills for Work


Level 1 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ)


Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ)


Level 3 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ)


Level 2 Certificate in Data Analysis


It is expected that within twenty years, 90% of all jobs will require some element of digital skills.

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