A BUSINESS education charity has brought forward the roll-out of a programme to help develop and deliver digital skills to young people following a grant from professional services company Accenture.

The Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) extended online digital skills programme is free for senior school and college-level students and will help fill the learning gap left as a result of the closure of educational establishments due to Covid-19.

Its goal is that YES will work with early adopters and influencers from academic institutions to become “Digital Champions”, who will help to embed the modules into curricular activity.

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YES chief executive, Geoff Leask, said: “We are keen to do all we can to support young people through what is an extremely challenging time for them and our partnership with Accenture has enabled us to make digital resources freely available via accessible online platforms. More than ever, we believe that providing enterprise education is vital for young people to develop the skills they will need to prepare them for a rapidly changing world of work.”

David Caskie, Accenture’s managing director, for corporate citizenship, Scotland, added: “The Accenture Digital Skills Programme is designed to support a growing digital economy and it is now more important than ever.

“We are delighted to be supporting YES in its mission to equip the next generation with the know-how to succeed.”

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