Young Enterprise Scotland & Accenture Announce Digital Skills Partnership with Education Sector

Accenture has created a free innovative suite of interactive online courses on FutureLearn to address the digital skills gap and help achieve the vision outlined in the Scottish Governments Digital Learning and teaching Strategy for educators, learners and parents to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technology in order to raise attainment, ambition and opportunities for all. The online courses have been developed to enhance the digital skills of Scotland’s young people in order to help young people gain the skills necessary to get a job or build a business.

Following a successful pilot phase within a number of colleges where the six courses, which include Digital Marketing, Social Media & Analytics, have been successfully tested the aim is now to promote these more widely via the CDN & Education Scotland networks and make these innovative modules available to the teaching staff and ultimately the students.

One of the beneficiaries of the initial phase is Claire Halligan a 22 years old who has recently studied art and Jewellery Design and has now started her own business Pop Up Jewellery Ltd.

Claire knows that using digital technologies is vital for her business. “Having the support from these courses has helped me to engage with my clients through Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. Along with social media I now also have my online store which is not only a way for my customers to buy from me online I also use it as a digital portfolio.  These days with everything online I know that if I can master the language of social media then it will really push my business forward.”

Geoff Leask, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise Scotland is passionate about this type of learning and said “Young Enterprise Scotland, as the leading enterprise engagement organisation in the country, has a strong belief in ‘learning by doing’. Working with Education Scotland and the College Development Network has been made possible because of the wonderful support we have had from Accenture UK who have developed these resources as a part of their Digital Skills Programme and we are delighted to help support the delivery of this vital initiative”

Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive of CDN said We’re delighted to support this partnership innovation, to accelerate digital skills in Scotland. CDN works to promote excellent skills and economic outcomes for vocational learners across the country – Young Enterprise Scotland and Education Scotland are key partners in achieving this. We’re ambitious that this initiative will be a core element of our digital skills development strategy in the years ahead.”

Meanwhile, Education Scotland, the national body tasked with supporting quality and improvement in learning and teaching, sees this as fitting well with their current strategy to enhance digital skills as part of the learning journey.

Alan Armstrong, Strategic Director at Education Scotland said “Earlier this year we published a new version of the Curriculum for Excellence Experiences & Outcomes.  We also published benchmarks for technologies which set out clearly the national standards expected and what learners need to know and be able to do to progress in their learning.  These materials aim to ensure learners from early learning and childcare through to senior phase and beyond develop the knowledge, understanding and skills in the technologies curriculum to succeed in today’s world.

The interactive online courses on FutureLearn will support delivery of the new technologies curriculum and help learners to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technology. The courses will provide a natural progression for learners from school years to further education equipping them with essential digital skills needed in today’s workforce.

Mohini Rao, Programme and Operations Manager, Corporate Citizenship from Accenture said “At Accenture, we are committed to closing the digital skills divide. In the UK, our CSR programme Skills to Succeed, focuses on addressing youth unemployment by providing young people with the opportunity to build the skills they need to move into work or start their own business.

We recognise that delivering skills training effectively to young people all over the UK is a major challenge. However, by matching our own business and client experience with our technology capabilities we have created innovative ways to deliver our programmes at scale.

We are delighted to partner with Young Enterprise Scotland to provide young people in Scotland with the skills they need to get a job or build their own business through the Digital Skills Programme.”

The Digital Skills Programme will help to adequately equip young people to thrive in the growing digital economy. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about how you can use the online learning tool with the young people you work with.

More info is available via this link: Digital Skills Programme_YE Scotland_Updated

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