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Computer skills climbing on government agenda

Simon Quicke

The government minister for culture, communications and the creative industry has revealed that learning computer skills is something that the public needs to improve on if they are to exploit changes in the digital world.

In an interview in The Guardian, Ed Vaizey revealed that understanding how computer coding worked would help people understand the digital world around them much in the same way that a good handle on grammar helped deliver a better understanding of the arts and humanities.

The interview is part of moves by the government to get IT skills higher on the agenda and comes one day before the education secretary Michael Gove is due to give a speech to encourage greater interaction with technology.

The channel has highlighted the problems with skills for many years and has been actively getting behind schemes to improve matters, including the apprentice programme that the current government unveiled last year.


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