The UK may have more internet users than any other EU country, but a staggering 1 in 5 adults still don’t have the Basic Online Skills to benefit from the web.
Britain’s businesses and charities need help too. Our e-commerce market is flourishing, but just 1/3 of SMEs sell goods and services online and only 1 in 4 charities can accept online donations.
The UK’s investing in top notch digital infrastructure, platforms and services; we’ll have achieved our vision when every person, small business and charity has the skills and confidence to use them. But we can’t do it without the help of people like you, or the organisations you work for.
Below’s our three-point 2013-14 strategy. Let’s put it into action.
Building a cross sector digital skills alliance and a national digital skills delivery plan – in May, we hosted the UK’s first national Digital Skills CEO Summit and we’re focusing national support locally via a regional rollout. In October 2013 we kicked off Go ON North East, the first Go ON pathfinder region. This April we’re working with partners to kickstart the Go ON NI programme.
Developing a web based Marketplace – now live in ‘beta’ at digitalskills.com
There’s already so much going on
Right now, all across the UK, thousands of people and organisations are supporting family, friends, colleagues, customers, charities, small businesses and people in their communities to get connected. At Go ON UK we are:
Helping our founder and national partners deliver their Digital Skills Charter commitments
Championing and supporting the fantastic individuals and organisations – such as the Tinder Foundation, Digital Unite, public libraries, chambers of commerce and community groups – already boosting UK digital skills
We also encourage the leaders of organisations of all sizes to make similar commitments; becoming digital champions for their staff, customers and their communities.