Search Our Site

We have 3,780,111 registered online learners.
791 new learners so far today.

Are digital skills as important as maths and English?

schedule 19th February 2015 by Virtual College in Virtual College Last updated on 17th April 2018

Man with tablet at night

In the modern world, are digital skills as important as maths and English? As technology continues to develop and we rely on it for more aspects of our lives than ever before, the need to improve digital skills becomes more apparent.

Back in 2015, a report from the House of Lords entitled 'Make or Break: The UK's Digital Future' stated that digital skills training should be part of the school curriculum, because the area is just as crucial as other school subjects.

The report highlighted that around 9.5 million people in the UK had insufficient digital skills - something that could be avoided with a greater focus on digital skills in education.

Baroness Sally Morgan, chair of the digital skills committee, commented: "From an early age, we need to give digital literacy as much importance as numeracy and literacy."

With the rise of artificial intelligence and automated jobs even in the few years since the report's publication, it has become even clearer that more needs to be done to improve the nation's digital skills.

What are digital skills?

Digital skills can range from basic typing, data input and data analysis to more advanced areas like technical coding and engineering. Employers are increasingly looking for evidence of these skills on job candidates' CVs, and expect workers to have a sound understanding of certain digital programmes and applications.

Computer skills lessons have needed to evolve significantly in just a few short years, as today's children are growing up learning to type and use apps at the same time as learning their ABC. Parents and teachers therefore need to keep up with the latest in digital skills training to help provide the next generation with the knowledge they are likely to need, while enhancing their own skillsets too.

Improving your digital skills

At Virtual College, we have a range of e-learning courses on offer to help you to improve your digital skills, whether you need to for your career or simply want to be able to keep up with your kids.

All of our digital training courses are hosted on our Learning Management System, known as Enable, giving you a chance to exercise your basic digital skills even as you learn.

If you're not the most tech-savvy, there's no need to worry, as e-learning allows you to study at your own pace, taking however long you need. Your progress will be automatically tracked too, should you need to take a break halfway through your course.

You can find out more about the digital skills courses on offer at Virtual College here.

Virtual College Logo

Author: Virtual College

The latest training news brought to you by Virtual College. We create innovative digital learning experiences that inspire people to develop the skills they need to thrive in their careers; enhancing and enriching the organisations they work in. For 24 years, we have been developing and supplying collaborative, customer-focused e-learning technology for organisations world-wide.

ISO 9001:2015
Crown Commercial Service Supplier
LPI Accredited Learning Technologies Provider


+44 (0)1943 605 976

Virtual College

Marsel House


West Yorkshire

LS29 8DD

Awards for footer
Gold and silver award winners at the Learning Technologies Awards 2017 - including gold for excellence in the design of learning content.


We are in the process of moving to one Virtual College website. If you want to go back to a course, or start a course, bought from our old website then you may need to login to our original learning management system. Otherwise, please proceed to our new learning management system to return to your training.


You are already logged in. Click the button below to be taken to your LMS dashboard. Alternatively, click logout to leave the system.