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Digital Inclusion

Digital disadvantage: barriers to skills and access

A young man hunches over a laptop, working. Big windows can be seen in the background, alongside some notebooks and a lamp.

At this event, we launched the first in a series of Insight Papers that seek to explore the barriers to digital skills and access for some of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK. The series of four upcoming papers have been developed by Catch22 and Nominet, with Bean Research.

Charlotte Turner and Mark Newby, from Bean Research, presented a short overview of our work. Seeking to set the scene, this first paper highlights the incredible opportunities presented by the growth of the digital economy, and the substantial barriers disadvantaged communities face in accessing these opportunities. They were joined by a panel of young people with lived experience of many of the issues we are looking to better understand.

The series of papers will seek to explore in greater depth, who is being left behind and how we address these barriers and create opportunities through the lens of young people supported by Catch22. Accessing digital skills can be transformative in future employment and progression, so join us as we look to help secure an equitable, digitally confident and literate population.