A 2017 Basic Digital Skills report suggested that despite an overall increase in the number of UK adults who have gained basic digital skills, at least 3% (300,000) of those aged 15-24 were still being left behind. Nominet Trust’s research indicated that it is this group that was the most likely to be facing multiple forms of disadvantage. Nominet Trust’s ‘Digital Reach’ programme was created in response to this national challenge, by reimagining digital skills delivery to the hardest to reach young people in our society.
The funding enabled the Wales Co-operative Centre, YMCA Swansea, Llamau and GISDA to co-design and co-deliver sessions for small groups of young people which helped them develop digital skills beyond basic use of social media. Sessions helped young people to manage their money, search and apply for training and jobs, and live healthier lives.