Katie Heard

The Digital Skills Pathway for Shared Prosperity: What Works and What Next

A Session by Katie Heard (Head of Research and Data Insights, Good Things Foundation)

About this Session

The digital skills pathway was a model developed by Good Things Foundation and delivered through the Government’s UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) fund in 2022. The intention of the UKCRF was to fund innovative pilot projects which could be funded in the future via the Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF). Through a network of community hubs, Good Things supported digitally excluded adults to take their first steps online, as well as ensuring they had access to connectivity data and a device on which to learn. Participants were supported to progress onto further learning, into employment and to improve their life skills through digital. The pathway joined together community partners, adult community education providers, FE Colleges and Local Authorities to tackle adult digital exclusion. Over 5000 adults benefited from the programme which was delivered in three Combined Authority areas: West Midlands, Greater Manchester, and North of Tyne. This session will share the learnings from those projects, what worked and what worked less well, bring in the perspectives of Combined Authorities, local providers and beneficiaries and provide recommendations for future investment in digital skills.

20 June 2023, 10:30 AM

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

About The Speakers

Katie Heard

Katie Heard

Head of Research and Data Insights, Good Things Foundation