Courses to plug skills gap

YES pilot drives Accenture’s digital initiative

Claire HalliganA programme of free online courses designed to help tackle the digital skills gap is to be rolled out across the UK following a successful pilot with Young Enterprise Scotland (YES). 

Glasgow jewellery designer, Claire Halligan (pictured) was one of the first to benefit from the partnership between YES and Accenture which has created seven digital courses.

Offered through FutureLearn, a social learning platform, they focus on providing young people, entrepreneurs, people returning to work and those looking to re-skill with the knowledge and skills required to thrive in the digital economy.

After completing the course, Ms Halligan, 22, is now creating jewellery for her own business, Pop Up Jewellery.

She said: “Using digital technologies as a catalyst for my business was huge for me.

“Technology and social media is a language in itself.  So my biggest challenge and on-going target is working on my social media. 

“At first I didn’t know how to write an eye-catching post or use my social media to show my journey although now I have started writing a blog and have got better at writing posts on Facebook.”

Brian McEwan, programme manager at YES, added: “The Accenture Digital Skills Programme has been a fantastic addition to the tools Young Enterprise Scotland use to engage with students and young people.

“The courses give them a feel for innovative online learning through the FutureLearn MOOC, on subjects they can relate to, that are relevant, interesting and useful for when they start their careers.

“Audio and visual contributions by digital experts within each module add considerable value to the learning experience, and having a point of contact from YES Programme Executives both on and off line creates follow up opportunities, including support in obtaining the industry recognised Digital Skills Badges.” 

YES and Accenture will showcase the Accenture Digital Skills programme at this year’s Festival of Youth Enterprise, taking place at Hampden in June.


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