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The Prince’s Trust bridges digital skills gap with Young Scot partnership

The charity’s Scottish arm has partnered with not-for-profit Young Scot to tackle a lack of digital skills in young people

The Prince’s Trust has partnered with Young Scot to tackle the lack of digital skills among young disadvantaged people in Scotland.

The charities will work together to run a project for young vulnerable people, allowing them to attend training sessions where they will learn a range of digital skills.

The charities hope this will help these young people to have a better chance of getting jobs in the future.

“As a digital-led organisation, Young Scot understands the huge role digital technology plays in the lives of young people. From communicating with friends and family on social media, to applying for jobs online, digital skills are of paramount importance to young people,” said Young Scot chief executive Louise Macdonald.

"We’re hopeful this will support young people to feel more confident using digital tools to access information and increase their employability," she added.

The Prince’s Trust revealed earlier in 2015 that 10% of young people who are not in education or employment say they are “out of [their] depth” using computers.

A quarter stated they were uncomfortable with, or unable to, fill out online job applications, and a lack of digital skills often acted as a barrier when trying to apply for jobs.

Young people are not alone in their lack of IT skills, with 20% of the population lacking access to digital.

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The Prince's Trust and Young Scot will run sessions in its Glasgow centre, allowing young people to design digital training sessions and given them access to technology to learn more about digital.

“Too often vulnerable young people are at a disadvantage when it comes to having the confidence and digital skills, which employers are crying out for,” said The Prince's Trust Scotland director Allan Watt.

"Our partnership with Young Scot will give young people the opportunity to share their experiences and create a project which truly supports their needs. Using our new Samsung Digital Classroom, they will be able to develop their knowledge and technical skills to help them achieve success in work, education or business.”

The Prince’s Trust puts a great emphasis on science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) when helping young people, and has already given 4,000 young people the appropriate Stem skills they need for a career.

But the skills gap in the IT sector is growing, and the industry has called upon government to help upskill individuals to fill current empty jobs.

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