The U.K. government will offer free courses to thousands of adults to improve their digital skills.
According to U.K. Apprenticeship and Skills Minister Anne Milton, the courses will be based on new national standards, and will be offered to anyone older than 19 starting next year.
The courses will teach essential computer skills like sending emails, completing online forms, or using tablet computers, to help adults meet skills requirements established by U.K. independent exams regulator Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).
The course slate also will include Functional Skills qualifications, starting in 2021, to support advancement of adults into employment requiring digital skills or further education, as well as digital skills for everyday life. Said Milton, "The new 'essential digital skills' qualifications...will give adults the chance to develop a whole host of new skills to help get ahead in work, but also to improve their quality of life overall."
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