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Essential digital skills framework

Functional Skills , Digital Skills
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Essential Digital Skills framework


The newly published Essential Digital Skills framework will form the basis for revised digital skills qualifications, including Functional Skills ICT.

The framework defines the digital skills adults need to safely benefit from, participate in and contribute to the digital world. It sets out 5 categories of essential digital skills for life and work:

  • communicating
  • handling information and content
  • transacting
  • problem solving
  • being safe and legal online

There is also information about foundation skills, which are typically required by those not currently using digital technology or using it in limited ways.

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