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This framework has been designed to support providers, organisations and employers across the UK who offer training for adults to secure their essential digital skills.
The frameworks sets out 5 categories of essential digital skills for life and work:
handling information and content
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.
This is the first update of the basic digital skills framework since its original publication in 2015. Changes have been subject to wide consultation across:
national and local government departments
The most significant change to the framework is the introduction of specific skills statements for life and work, to show progression.
If you have questions on the essential digital skills framework or the development of new national digital standards please contact the post-16 basic skills team: email@example.com.