You’re never too young to start learning digital skills!

Making sure everyone has digital skills is a key factor in tackling long-term unemployment. Starting this learning as early as possible is essential.

Martha Lane Fox is the UK’s digital champion and a firm believer that digital skills are vital for education and employment. Schools today must be able to demonstrate that children are digitally literate by the time they leave. Getting these skills early while at school means students improve their chances of gaining employment; those continuing into higher education will also be better prepared.

Children Typing On A KeyboardOne example of a school who have taken this subject seriously is Sale Grammar School, an 11-18 coeducational Academy Trust. They now have ECDL as a compulsory subject on the curriculum for all Year 9 students.

ECDL is the world’s number one IT user qualification and BCS is the only awarding body for this qualification in the UK. It is a qualification that not only attracts performance points for schools, but also for students; it is GCSE equivalent (A*-C).

Sale Grammar School sees ECDL as the benchmark for digital literacy in educational systems around the globe and are keen to show their students how to get the most out of a computer. As the qualification covers all the Office applications, there is no better way for students to gain the skills that will be so vital once they leave school - whether for further study or in the workplace.

I think that introducing digital skills at an early age is a win-win situation for children of all abilities, whether they go on to further study or start looking for employment, office-based or not. Having these digital skills in the bag early surely is the best way to create more opportunities for a digitally enriched future.

About the author

Lorna FieldingLorna Fielding is a Chartered Marketer with a specialist interest in our user IT qualifications. Since joining BCS, she has helped to raise awareness of our qualifications such as ECDL, Digital Skills and e-safety within schools, training provider and colleges.

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