Government initiative aims to close digital skills gap

A new Government initiative is offering grants of up to £10,000 to help close the digital skills gap.

The mission of the Digital Participation Charter Fund is to support projects that train people in basic computer skills in a bid to help tackle inequality. The Fund is administered by the SCVO and supported by the Scottish Government.

The Fund’s website says that while Scotland is already a digital nation, approximately 10% of the adult population in Scotland has never used the internet and almost one in five do not have the basic digital skills to use it effectively.

If this were just a case of missing out on a few distracting websites and celebrity tweets then we might think nothing more of it. But the stakes are so much higher. Amongst other things, the internet helps people keep in touch, learn new things, save money, find work and stay healthy. For some people it’s been a genuine life saver. These things matter to everyone, and they should be for everyone.

Over the past two years, the Digital Participation Challenge Fund has supported 84 projects across Scotland to get people online and develop basic digital skills.

Supported by the Scottish Government, the new Digital Participation Charter Fund is now open for applications. There is a particular focus for the Fund to support organisations currently working to tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality to embed basic digital skill development work into their day-to-day activity with service users.

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