House of Lords to examine the UK’s digital capability

The investigation, looking into current and future technology trends, will explore how the UK can be prepared to compete in a global digital economy.

This means examining issues such as whether companies have developed a workforce that is appropriately skilled for the future in jobs that may not yet exist, and how Brits encourage people of all ages to choose careers which will benefit the future digital era.

A major area for investigation is the competitiveness of the UK. The Committee will look at how the UK can become a world leader through teaching and developing the range of skills necessary to ensure we have a competitive digital economy in the new technological age.

Baroness Morgan of Huyton, Chair of the Committee, said: “The level of technological change is staggering, and having a workforce that possesses the right skills is going to prove vital to our economy. The Committee will therefore be analysing in-depth the state of the UK’s digital knowledge, and examining whether our labour market is skilled enough to compete on the international stage.

“This will involve looking at what we are teaching our students and graduates, comparing whether what we teach them matches the rapidly growing and anticipated number of ICT vacancies, and looking at making sure we have the infrastructure to support the digital environment of the future.”

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