UK’s efforts to end digital exclusion

After hosting two events surrounding the theme “Digital Training and Support Framework Industry Engagement”, the British government has recently issued a tender, with a net value of £35 million, to support digital inclusion research, skills training, marketing and promotion of providers of services that have the potential to help end digital exclusion. According to their events’ attendees, assisted digital or digital inclusion services are mainly being supplied to seniors, low income people and people with disabilities.

Over 10 million people in the UK are believed to be digital illiterates and for this reason “The Government Digital Service (GDS) with the support of The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is seeking suppliers who can provide digital training and digital support services to reduce the number of digitally excluded people in the UK, by removing the barriers presented by lack of access, digital skills, vulnerability or motivation.” (Central Government)

The Government Digital Service are currently accepting tender bids from providers of digital inclusion training services or digital support and their timetable can be found here.

Additional Source: Assisted Digital Blog