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Last updated: 19.02.15

Are digital skills as important as maths and English?

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.