Focus National Policy Experts
When working with marginalised populations, it is important to design digital skills programmes that meet the specific needs of specific groups. Training material must be assessed to ensure that it is culturally appropriate, teaches relevant skills and competencies and addresses barriers faced by the under-represented populations. Curricula on developing and using accessible ICTs required by persons with disabilities often need to be developed.

Adapting and innovating. Innovative approaches must be taken to bridge the skill gap between marginalised groups and the larger population. Especially in countries where women have lower language literacy rates than men, bridging this gap will also include the need for complementary language literacy training to ensure women can use text-based digital content. Consideration can also be given to using video content for people who are not literate, such as YouTube “how to” videos. Accessibility solutions for persons who are blind (such as screen readers) can also greatly benefit users who lack literacy.

In this survey we are asking national policy experts and other stakeholders to reflect on the development of digital skills across the youth in your country.

The DICE Consortium Youth Digital Skills team have designed this short survey around the following digital skills framework, we ask that you use this when responding to the questions. All information received will be fully anonymous and it will not be possible for the team or any other stakeholder to identify you (unless you choose to add your email information for further engagement with the team and our projects).

Digital Foundation Skills (DFS) - need to have the following foundation skills which underpin all essential digital skills.
• Being safe and legal online (SAFE) - The skills required to stay safe, legal and confident online.
• Communicating (COM) - The skills required to communicate, collaborate, and share information.

• Handling information and content (HAND) - The skills required to find, manage and store digital information and content securely.

• Transacting (TRANS) - The skills required to register and apply for services, buy and sell goods and services, and ad-minister and manage transactions online.

• Problem solving (PROB)- The skills required to find solutions to problems using digital tools and online services.

Which Country are your located in?
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Which best describes your professional circumstances *
Given the digital skills framework please rate each in terms of the demand for these skills in your country? Digital Foundation Skills (DFS) - Refer to list above for reminder *
Given the digital skills framework please rate each in terms of the demand for these skills in your country? Communicating (COM) *
Given the digital skills framework please rate each in terms of the demand for these skills in your country? Handling information and content (HAND) *
Given the digital skills framework please rate each in terms of the demand for these skills in your country? Transacting (TRANS) *
Given the digital skills framework please rate each in terms of the demand for these skills in your country? Problem solving (PROB)
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I believe there is a major digital skills gap amongst our youth *
At what point in the education pipeline should digital competences be developed? *
There is a major skills gap in my country in terms of youth digital skills abilities. *
What are the key barriers that prevent your country from capitalising on the opportunities that new digital technologies offer to the economy? *
What types of initiatives should be adopted to encourage potential learners, particularly women and young people, to take up career paths linked to digital roles? *
Can you give some examples of digital skills as following: Managing Information *
How can your country upskill those who are currently not in education and employment, and have no digital skills, to carry out the basic tasks that allow them to function in a society that is becoming increasingly digitalised? *
How can your country ensure that the digital skills of the current workforce are continually updated to equip them for current and emerging job roles in the sectors in which they work? *
Whose responsibility is it to upskill the workforce? *
How can your country ensure that IT training meets the demand of employers? *
What role can employers play with respect to education and training? *
What role can the government play with respect to upskilling the current workforce who lack digital skills? *
What would be the impact of failing to fill the digital skills gaps/shortages discussed in previous sections? *
What are the key policy initiative in your country for addressed the Digital skills gap? *
Are these policies having the desired impact?
Would you be willing to be interviewed for the project should we need to collect some interviews? If yes please add email
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