National Skills Academy for IT unveils Digital Skills Academy

National Skills Academy for IT launches the Digital Skills Academy, with an Enterprise IT Guide, to plug online skills gap

The National Skills Academy for IT has cut the ribbon on its Digital Skills Academy, with the unveiling of two products intended to close the online skills gap.

The Go ON you can do IT app and the Enterprise IT Guide are aimed at individuals and businesses seeking to improve their digital literacy skills and technical issues.

The Go ON you can do IT app identifies an individual’s existing digital literacy skills and suggests learning that can fill in any gaps. It can also be linked to a group dashboard to enable organisations or training providers to access the skills and progress of a whole team.

The Enterprise IT Guide is designed to help small business with technical issues, such as choosing the right hardware and software and using social media.

The initiative is supported by co-investment from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Skills minister Matthew Hancock said: “Nowadays, anyone looking for work needs to be technology-savvy. These exciting new developments will make it easier for people at all stages of their careers to gain the skills they need, and will give employers a simple but powerful way to help their staff.”

The app is being developed in partnership with Go ON UK. Graham Walker, Go ON UK chief executive, said it was hard to imagine life without the web: “Yet a full 7.4 million people in the UK have never been online, and 16 million people do not have the basic online skills to confidently take advantage," he said.

"That’s why we’re delighted to support the launch of the Digital Skills Academy, and believe the Go ON you can do IT app will help many more people and organisations get the skills they need to benefit from the web.”

Research from e-skills recently showed that optimising ICT in the UK could raise GVA by over £50bn in the next five to seven years.

Karen Price, chief executive of e-skills UK, said: “The Digital Skills Academy is an important step forward in achieving technical skills for all - something that’s vital for economic growth, but also for people’s personal engagement and satisfaction.”

Read more on IT technical skills