Unlocking the UK's potential with digital skills

Guest Blog: Simon Lambert, Chief Learning Officer, Microsoft UK writes "Digital skills are the currency of digital transformation." as part of techUK's AI Week #AIWeek2021

Despite digital acceleration in 2020, 69% of UK leaders believe their organisation has a digital skills gap.

We identify the skill areas that deliver greatest impact for UK organisations as they recover and grow.

Explore how leaders can empower an invaluable resource with untapped potential: the Next Gen Worker.

Conducted in the summer and autumn of 2020, this new academic study from Microsoft and Goldsmiths, University of London, explores the current state of digital skills in UK organisations and sets out a roadmap for the journey ahead. 

Featuring a combination of quantitative research and commentary from subject matter experts and UK business leaders, this interactive report assesses the nation’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to digital skills investment, as well as the opportunities that upskilling presents for individuals, organisations and the UK as a whole.  

Unlocking the UK’s potential with digital skills also outlines a series of practical recommendations for how business leaders can scale their workforce’s digital skills capabilities, accelerate progress and successfully navigate the road to recovery.  



Simon Lambert, Chief Learning Officer, Microsoft UK


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Katherine Holden

Katherine Holden

Associate Director, Data Analytics, AI and Digital ID, techUK

Katherine joined techUK in May 2018 and currently leads the Data Analytics, AI and Digital ID programme. 

Prior to techUK, Katherine worked as a Policy Advisor at the Government Digital Service (GDS) supporting the digital transformation of UK Government.

Whilst working at the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) Katherine led AMRC’s policy work on patient data, consent and opt-out.    

Katherine has a BSc degree in Biology from the University of Nottingham.

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