Select Committee Digital Skills inquiry call for evidence

A new House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills was recently announced, chaired by Baroness Sally Morgan, outgoing chair of Ofsted. The text of the Call For evidence is included below. The embedded link to a YouTube video by Baroness Morgan outlines their focus.

UKForCE will of course make a submission as almost all the issues Baroness Morgan highlights for investigation are within or adjacent to our remit.

Baroness Morgan of Huyton, Chair of the Committee, in launching the inquiry, said:

“The level of technological change in the UK and the rest of the world is staggering, and having a workforce that possesses the right skills is going to prove vital to our economy.

Our Committee will therefore be analysing in-depth the state of the UK’s digital knowledge, and examining whether our labour market is skilled enough to compete on the international stage.

This will involve looking at the range of skills we are teaching our students and graduates, comparing whether what we teach them matches the rapidly growing and anticipated number of ICT vacancies, and looking at making sure we have the infrastructure to support the digital environment of the future.

I believe it’s going to be crucial for the UK to create a workforce that is skilled enough to stay ahead globally, particularly in terms of digital skills. I hope that this inquiry will shine a light on whether or not the UK sits at the top of the class or whether it must try harder.

We would encourage anyone with relevant expertise or experience in these issues to submit evidence.”

The deadline for submitting written evidence is 5 September 2014.

You can find the Call for Evidence here.

You can find the press notice here.

 A YouTube video of the Chair of the Committee outlining the remit of the inquiry and areas for investigation

This is a public Call for Evidence – please pass it on to anyone who might be interested.

You can follow the progress of the inquiry at http://www.parliament.uk/digital-skills-committee, or join the discussion by using #HLDigi on Twitter.


Claire Donovan is Head of Engineering the Future at the Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of the UKForCE secretariat