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Essential Digital Skills

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.

Essential Digital Skills facts and figures

17 million

nationwide – about half of the UK’s workforce – lack the essential digital skills for work and life (view source).

of businesses

believe that their reliance on advanced digital skills is set to increase over the next five years, while 88% of young people realise that their digital skills will be essential for their careers (source).

of skills

that employees need to perform in their role will change, thanks to the speed of technological advances (origin).

Digital Functional Skills

As part of the government’s commitment to introduce fully funded basic digital skills courses for adults, they are seeking to reform the current Functional Skills ICT qualifications to a new Digital Functional Skills. The Department for Education recently released the results from the original consultation along with the final subject content for these qualifications. They have now launched a technical consultation which is open until 27 January 2022 which allows the sector to inform their thoughts on their proposal of how the qualification should be assessed ahead of the going live in August 2023.

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Skills Builder: initial assessment and resources

Skills Builder provides EDSQ initial assessment and resources that are mapped to the new qualifications. These have been 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 based on their results. 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, please fill in the contact form below.


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