Right now in Scotland, one in five adults lack essential digital skills. These are the skills of communicating, handling information and content, transacting, problem solving and being safe and legal online. This equips everyone to fully participate in modern day to day life. The people more likely not to have these skills are older, poorer and facing other forms of disadvantage. In order to tackle exclusion and inequalities, our work focuses on equipping everyone with these skills.
We have now developed a new Essential Digital Skills Toolkit in consultation with over 60 organisations, to support individuals, groups and organisations to measure their digital skills. This Toolkit was created with real people in mind and we have tried to make it as user-friendly and accessible as we can. We encourage you to use it, to modify it and come back to use with your feedback and suggestions.
The Toolkit can be used by individuals and organisations running digital skills projects in their communities and workplaces, and can help to identify:
• a skills gap;
• to benchmark against other organisations;
• to evidence a need;
• and to measure the success of an intervention.