Barriers to preparing workforce for digital economy identified in new Nesta report

cover_3Nesta, a UK charity promoting science and technology innovation has published a new guide that looks at how to prepare, “the workforce for an inclusive digital economy.” The guide provides an overview of barriers to upskilling the workforce and suggests policy steps that could be taken by governments to overcome those barriers.

Among the five barriers identified in the guide are a lack of recognition that digital skills are needed, limited resources, a perception that learning is for the young, a lack of clear leadership, and poor access to training possibilities. In its policy recommendations, the guide proposes promoting accreditation of training courses, to enable learners to know which courses they can trust to provide key skills.

The report can be downloaded from the website of Nesta.