Almost half of all adults feel their computers skills are in need of improvement, according to a new report by IT giant Microsoft.
According to the report, almost a third of adults say they have poor or no computer skills and one in six workers feel they lack the IT skills needed to do their job adequately.
The results also revealed that fear is one of the main barriers preventing people learning more about technology, with 12% feeling marginalised as a result of ineffective computer skills.
In response to the findings, the Microsoft digital literacy curriculum – a new long-term strategic partnership between Microsoft, learndirect, UK Online centres and Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR) – has been forged. It aims to help close the nation’s skills gap, supporting the government’s Skills for Life goals set by the Leitch Review.
David Lammy, minister for Skills, said: “In our knowledge economy we must ensure that everyone is given the opportunity to build their skills and realise their potential. The new qualification will give students a nationally recognised qualification from one of the world’s most respected businesses. It also gives those taking the qualification a chance to build not only their IT skills but also improve on their literacy and numeracy.”
The curriculum contains important guidance on safety and security for people concerned about using PCs and the internet for the first time.
In related news, HR Zone recently reported that the digital era is producing a nation of cowards that hide behind emails and text when face-to-face communication would be more appropriate.