Tech City UK launches government-funded online learning platform for digital skills

Tech City UK has launched the world’s first government-funded digital skills course, the Digital Business Academy.

The programme has been developed in partnership with UCL to help fix the UK’s digital skills gap. It is thought that 745,000 digitally skilled workers will be needed in the UK between 2013 and 2017.

The massive open online course (MOOC) brings together resources from industry experts and educational institutions and will be offered free to anyone in the UK. The partners include the BBC, Twitter, O2, Unruly, Techstars and Microsoft Ventures.

Baroness Joanna Shields, chair of Tech City UK, said: “Whether you are a mother returning to the workplace or a new graduate full of ideas, securing top-notch digital and technical skills is essential. The Digital Business Academy will open up digital careers to people irrespective of age, background or pre-qualifications.”

People who take the courses will get access to a number of other rewards, including to desk space, fast tracked internship applications, and additional training.