Digital Poverty Pledge

  • Impactful Digital Skills
  • Access To The Internet
  • Access To Hardware
  • Inclusive Digital Employment Opportunities
Digital Poverty Pledge 2021

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, althaus has remained committed to keeping its learners safe and connected, leveraging technology platforms and resources to continue to deliver exceptional learning experiences and outcomes. While the increased deployment of live e-learning and remote support has undeniably provided lifelines to individuals with the means of accessing these online services, it has also served to intensify issues for those without the necessary digital capital required to keep pace with the modern working world. Digital capital consists of any assets that enable our digital interactions: skills, knowledge, money, space and time, family and peer support, and confidence in the security and reliability of our local infrastructure.

“It is difficult to see how our society can progress into a prosperous, fair future unless we ensure that all members of it have the basic digital capital to allow them to acquire such specific skills and compete for progression on the same basis as their peers.”

Dave Donaghy, Lead Engineer at HPE / Council Member at The Chartered Institute for IT

Digital Poverty Pledge

According to the Office for National Statistics, 11.3 million people in the UK don't have the basic digital skills they need to thrive in today's society. With our world becoming ever more digitally enabled, those not able to take advantage of these technological advances become increasingly excluded from society.  It is estimated that within the next 5 to 15 years, 90% of jobs will require some degree of digital skills. This further highlights how the digitally excluded will become increasingly disadvantaged in the employment market unless they are somehow otherwise specifically catered for. 

  • 4.3 million people in the UK estimated to have zero basic digital skills
  • A further 6.4 million UK adults estimated to have only limited abilities online (*Lloyds Bank UK Consumer Index 2018)
  • An estimated 4.5 million adults in the UK have never used the internet (*Office for National statistics - Internet users, Labour Force Survey)

Our 2021 pledge = 500 hours of free digital skills training

As part of its 2021 #digitalpovertypledge, althaus is committing 500 hours of free digital skills training to adults in digital poverty, and is calling upon organisations across the UK to support through donations towards digital hardware, internet data and the creation of inclusive digital employment opportunities.

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