An update on the free digital skills qualifications for adults that will be available from the 1st of August.
The Department for Education is introducing a new legal entitlement to fully funded specified digital qualifications, at Entry Level and Level 1, for adults with no or low digital skills.
In April this year, the DfE published the national standards for essential digital skills which awarding organisation must use to develop the new Essential Digital Skills Qualifiations (EDSQs). All new EDSQs have to go through a technical evaluation process before being made available to centres (schools, colleges and training providers) to deliver. A progress update was published on the 18th of June. To date, one out of the nine awarding organisations developing the courses has successfully completed the technical evaluation process. You can view the update here.
New Digital Functional Skills qualifications (Digital FSQs) are also in development.