A recent survey has revealed that while 47% of senior decision makers recognise that young people are very digitally savvy, they don’t know how to use their digital skills for work purposes.

The study highlights the growing need for those aged 16-25 to develop a stronger foundation in digital skills – defined as being able to use collaboration and communication tools, design software, as well as understand the cloud and develop apps – as employers place greater value in these capabilities than ever before.

Nearly 85% of 1,000 employers surveyed by YouGov for Capgemini UK agreed digital literacy is important in their place of business. However, a significant 18% believe that not enough young people have the specific digital skills needed for their organisation. This increases to more than one in three (37%) in IT and telecoms, and one in five in media, marketing, advertising, PR & sales (20%).

The most sought after digital skills, according to the report, are:

  • the ability to use the internet for work purposes (87%),
  • staying safe online (87%) and
  • creating basic digital content (84%)

In five years time it’s estimated that the ability to protect personal and work information will also rank very high in the top digital skills required in the world of work.

How we can help

We recognise that individuals and businesses need digital skills to stay ahead of the game and we are delighted to deliver the BBC Make it Digital Traineeship in 13 UK locations from Monday 29th February.

The programme, a latest addition to our traineeship offer, is designed to prepare young people for the modern world of work by equipping them with high-demand employability and digital skills such as social media, web and coding, as well as critical functional and soft skills.

To find out more about the programme and how to get involved, please visit our website.