The Inaugural Digital Leaders Wales event was well-attended with nearly 50 representatives from central and local government, private sector, academia and not-for-profit. The Salon tackled the topic of how to develop digital skills in Wales.
Oliver Morley, CEO at DVLA, opened the discussion with some great stats on digital transformation at DVLA including the fact that nearly 60% of all transactions are now made online. Oliver proposed that to enable successful digital transformation you not only need the right technology and policies in place but you also need the whole ‘landscape’ working perfectly, so you have to develop and recruit skills in tandem as well. To achieve this Oliver made a case for ensuring employers in Wales can
Oliver was followed by Steve Williams, Deputy Director of Information Services and Systems at Swansea University. Steve spoke of the huge opportunity for Wales to gather momentum around the digital agenda. But he did feel there is work to be done. In terms of education, Wales needs to cover all of regions and all ages. It’s about teaching coding to children, getting older people involved and online.
Steve spoke of the need to enthuse people through digital channels and activities, for example digital humanities and digital archiving. Steve also proposed that Wales needs to invest in primary, secondary and community education. This must start with early stages as early mistakes can’t be corrected later plus core skills and information literacy are currently lacking. Steve spoke passionately about the fact that this is about a digital adventure and the opportunity for Wales to do something unique.
The discussion was then opened up to the whole group and key points covered were the need to ensure:
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