Readie’s recent research has shown that only a minority of European adults are confident in their digital skills, like being able to code or build a website. However, digital skills are no longer just required by those in technical jobs – in an increasingly digital world, digital literacy more broadly is becoming a key building block of employment and of being an active citizen.
We recognise that there is a lot of discussion, and ambiguity, around the topic of digital skills. Therefore, on 20 July 2017, Readie brought together a group of experts to explore the following key questions:
What do mean by ‘digital skills’?
How do we prioritise the ‘most important’ digital skills for those in work, and make sure people have them?
Jan Krewer, Conseil National du Numérique (French Digital Council), France
Kathryn Brown, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
Simon Leeming, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
Renata Włoch, Digital Economy Lab, Warsaw University, Poland
Jonathan Pinet, General Assembly
Julien Deslangles-Blanch, General Assembly
Tom French, Good Things Foundation
Jon Steinberg, Google
Ellen Helsper, London School of Economics and Political Science
George Windsor, Nesta
Sahra Bashir-Mohamed, Nesta
Grant Blank, Oxford Internet Institute
Oliver Quinlan, Raspberry Pi Foundation
Ronald Dekker, ReflecT, Tilburg University, Netherlands