Leading business education charity, Young Enterprise Scotland (YES), has sped up the rollout of a programme aimed at helping the organisation develop and deliver digital skills training to young people following a grant from Accenture.
The extended online digital skills programme is free for senior school and college-level students and will help fill the learning gap left after the closure of schools and colleges across the country due to COVID-19.
Originally launched in 2018, the programme includes eight courses which are developed by experts across Accenture and includes key insights into digital marketing, web analytics and user experience.
YES hopes to work with early adopters and influencers from academic institutions to become ‘Digital Champions’. These Champions will help to embed the modules into curricula activity, giving learners both virtual and physical access to the course content.
This programme is a key component of Accenture’s established Skills to Succeed initiative, which is designed to leverage digital innovation to close the skills gaps and create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Commenting on the programme, Geoff Leask, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise Scotland, said: “We are keen to do all we can to support young people through what is an extremely challenging time for them and our partnership with Accenture has enabled us to make digital resources freely available via accessible online platforms.
“More than ever, we believe that providing enterprise education is vital for young people to develop the skills they will need to prepare them for a rapidly changing world of work.”
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David Caskie, managing director of corporate citizenship at Accenture, Scotland, said: “The Accenture Digital Skills Programme is designed to support a growing digital economy and it is now more important than ever. We are delighted to be supporting YES in its mission to equip the next generation with the know-how to succeed.”
The Scottish Parliament is hoping to establish the country as a major hub for digital leadership. This includes increasing digital participation by helping communities develop digital skills and confidence and the Digital, Data and Technology Profession (DDaT), which hopes to attract new digital talent to roles in Scotland and working towards getting young scots interested in digital skills and technology,