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Digital Skills Toolkit

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This toolkit provides stakeholders with guidance on developing a digital skills strategy. It is intended for policymakers, along with partners in the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, and academia. Its overarching aim is to facilitate the development of a comprehensive digital skills strategy at country level. Readers will find practical information, examples, and stepbystep guides which they can use to develop their national digital skills strategy as well as policies and programmes to address specific priorities. Chapters 38 include tools that policymakers and stakeholders can use in developing ideas specifically for their country or context. An editable Word version of these tools is attached to the PDF version of this Toolkit which can be accessed by clicking on the paperclip attachment icon in the left navigation bar.

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Advanced skills: Supporting initiatives for people to gain specialized skills

In addition to ensuring adequate opportunities for everyone to develop basic digital skills, national skills strategies must secure their position in the digital economy by providing pathways for some to develop more advanced and specialized digital skills. The government can play a key role in cultivating talent to fill emerging jobs in the burgeoning tech industry, and in doing so spur future industry growth and job creation. Reskilling and retraining individuals is a critical piece of this endeavour, to ensure the existing workforce remains abreast of technological changes and does not fall behind with an obsolete skill-set. As with Chapter 5, this chapter covers common challenges, successful approaches, and a range of channels and examples for providing advanced digital skills training. It also includes a tool to identify and assess providers and programmes that deliver advanced digital skills training.

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