We live in a digital world.
Nine out of ten jobs involve the use of computers, with the Government predicting 1.2 million digitally skilled people will be needed by 2022 (Digital Skills Strategy 2017). However, 12.6 million of the adult population lack basic digital skills.
How are we going to meet the growing demand for digital skills?
OCN London has responded by creating a range of innovative qualifications that not only provide students with the everyday IT skills for work and at home, but with the new Digital Skills qualifications students can gain advanced knowledge that meet the changing needs of employers. Units include:
- Programming and coding
- Using digital data
- Creating and publishing web pages
- Using mobile apps with a vocational role
- Introductory computer science
The qualifications have been developed by e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology, and are aligned to the National Occupational Standards for IT users, the nationally recognised standards for IT use.
Assessment of the units can be linked to work experience or work placement, giving the young person the opportunity to use evidence arising naturally from workplace tasks and activities. The Digital Skills qualifications is highly practical with a focus on project-based activities.