UK Digital Strategy launched to teach school children coding
In today's rapidly developing digital world, it's vital for people, particularly children, to have a broad digital skillset. With this in mind, the Government has teamed up with the private sector to launch a new Digital Strategy, aimed at helping individuals thrive in our ever more technology-reliant society.

The Digital Skills Partnership will create more than 4 million free digital training opportunities for adults and children across the UK, including free coding workshops for 45,000 school children.

The Government are keen for businesses, charities and voluntary organisations to get involved with the new strategy, to ensure employees hold the appropriate digital skills for their jobs and to make them aware of the training opportunities available to them.

The new Digital Skills Partnership will offer:

  • Google's Summer of Skills programme for UK coastal towns, to boost Leisure & Tourism.

  • Lloyds Banking Group's face-to-face digital skills training to 2.5 million businesses by 2020.

  • Barclays assisting 1 million people with general digital skills, growing its UK Eagle Lab network by 100% and teaching basic coding to 45,000 children.

  • BT helping 500,000 children develop early computational thinking skills by the end of 2017. The Barefoot Computing Project will help primary school teachers with no previous computing skills feel more confident in the classroom.

  • The HP Foundation will release their free online learning platform - HP LIFE - to the UK.

  • Accenture teaming up with FutureLearn to develop a new national digital skills programme to boost learning through online collaboration.

The strategy includes exploring ways to support the British AI sector. A funding boost of £17.3 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has been confirmed to support the development of new robotics and artificial intelligence technologies in universities across the UK.

For full information on how you can access any of the above programmes, click here to read Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley's, speech launching the UK Digital Strategy.
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