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SCVO and Digital Participation

Right now in Scotland, one in five adults lack basic digital skills. These are the skills of safely communicating, transacting, managing information, problem solving and creating content to use the internet as part of modern day to day life. The people are 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.

What we know

  • 800,000 people in Scotland do not have basic digital skills
  • 90% of jobs in all industries require people to have good levels of basic digital skills
  • Those without basic digital skills are more likely to be older, poorer and facing other forms of inequality
  • To get people benefiting from the opportunities provided by the internet, motivation and skills are often bigger issues than access
  • 50% of people that don't have the skills want to acquire them…
  • … most of the rest can be convinced, but the key is finding a 'hook'. This needs to be about individuals.
  • Smartphones are not a silver bullet to increase digital participation
  • People in work achieve a rise in earnings of between 3% and 10% if they have basic digital skills
Read more here about SCVO's funding to The IT Centre Castle Douglas.