How to Become a Digital Worker in 2022
Pandemic changed the world as we knew it, forcing businesses and individuals to undertake sudden shifts in their daily lives. As many employees had to transition into remote ways of working for the very first time, the issue around the digital skills gap surfaced once again, throwing more light on the problem and indicating that if there’s one thing pandemic has shown us, is that the digital skills are a must in today’s world.
But what does it exactly mean to be digitally capable? What are the necessary skills that one needs to have in this digital age? Have a look at our blog below to find out!
Digital literacy vs digital skills
“44% of Europeans between 16 and 74 do not have basic digital skills”
There are many terms circulating across the industries which might make it complicated to understand what makes one digitally literate and digitally skilled. In most cases, baseline digital literacy covers the ability to use a computer and access the Internet using web-based tools like Google Suite (Spreadsheet, Docs, Drive) or Microsoft 365 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint). Digital skills and specific digital skills are understood as knowledge and competency in using specific software and systems, programming languages, social media platforms and advanced technologies and web-based tools (for example, Google Ads, Google Analytics)
However, as new technologies are being developed and demand for specific digital skills is rising, basic digital skills are now considered essential skills. According to World Skills Uk, ‘over nine in ten (92%) businesses say that having a basic level of digital skills is important for employees at their organisation, and four in five (82%) job vacancies ask for digital skills.’ That means that being digitally literate and having digital skills is now necessary for most job applications, and having advantaged digital skills might help in gaining a competitive advantage over other candidates.
Most needed Digital Skills in 2021
- Programming & Software Development
- Data Analysis & Data Visualization
- Digital Design
- Artificial Intelligence
- Cloud Computing
- Digital marketing
- Digital project management
Most needed Soft skills
- Judgement and decision-making
- Emotional intelligence
- Computational thinking
If you’re interested in learning more about soft skills and self-taught tech skills, have a peek at our London Tech Week Event Highlights: Is a Tech Degree Needed to Work In Tech Anymore?
Access to digital skills
Most of the digital skills currently required by employers can be easily learned without leaving your own house. Many software offers free trials and learning opportunities that can give individuals a basic understanding of the programmes they’ll be using at work.
However, it is key to give people the opportunity to learn digital skills as early as possible so they can become digitally ready for employment. This means not only providing them with basic digital skills, but also with more advanced skills that are currently highly in demand. The issue here is that many young people do not have the understanding of required skills and opportunities around digital careers, meaning they often leave school unprepared for the world of work. (Engineering Business)
According to World Skills UK, ‘Young people are very confident that they have the basic digital skills that employers need, but they are less confident that they have the advanced digital skills that are needed.’ 70% of the surveyed also expects the employer to invest in their digital skills development.
Digital poverty is another pressing issue with 1 in 10 (9%) households having no access to a laptop, desktop or tablet at home (Ofcom 2020), which makes them dependant on schools, workplace or local training opportunities to learn the skills that are now necessary to carry out most of their daily activities or work/school duties.
What is being done?
Learning digital skills and closing the digital skills gap has been set as a top priority by the UK Government in the Skills for Jobs White paper. One of their core strategies was launching the Digital Skills Bootcamps programme giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer.
Skills Bootcamps take up to 11 weeks and are delivered via a flexible, live classroom with a recording that can be accessed in case of missed sessions. Purple Beard is currently running 100% funded Skills Bootcamps for individuals of East of England and East Midlands, providing training in:
- Python Programming for Analysis (Data Analysis)
- Front-End Development
- Cloud Computing
- DevOps Leader or DevOps Engineer
Apart from DevOps Engineering, there’s no experience necessary to join our Skills Bootcamps. Our curriculum has been developed by the subject-matter experts and our Employability Team will support you beyond the classes to help you with CV, interview prep and other employability aspects. There’ll also be a guaranteed job interview upon completion and further support for those who don’t currently have a laptop or a computer. See here for more.