The Prince’s Trust in Scotland has partnered with youth charity, Young Scot, to tackle the digital skills gap among vulnerable young people by launching a national Digital Inclusion Project. The project will help young people in Scotland develop the digital skills they require for future employment.

A survey* of young people, revealed that one in ten young people not in education, training or employment feel out of their depth using a computer, while a quarter of those surveyed admitted that they dread filling in online job applications. The survey also showed that young people not in work, education or training believe their lack of IT skills holds them back when applying for jobs.

Run through the Samsung Digital Classroom in The Prince’s Trust Wolfson Centre in Glasgow, the project will give young people the chance to design digital training sessions, while being supported to access and use the latest technology to develop their skills.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot said: “As a digital led organisation, Young Scot understands the huge role that digital technology plays in the lives of young people. From communicating with friends and family on social media, to applying for jobs online, digital skills are of paramount importance to young people.

Our partnership with Prince’s Trust Scotland will enable us to offer young people the tools and resources they need to increase their understanding of all things digital.

"We’re hopeful this will support young people to feel more confident using digital tools to access information and increase their employability."

Allan Watt, Director, Prince’s Trust Scotland, said:

Too often vulnerable young people are at a disadvantage when it comes to having the confidence and digital skills which employers are crying out for.

"Our partnership with Young Scot will give young people the opportunity to share their experiences and create a project which truly supports their needs. Using our new Samsung Digital Classroom, they will be able to develop their knowledge and technical skills to help them achieve success in work, education or business.”

* Ipsos MORI conducted this research on behalf of The Prince’s Trust over the period 18 January to 15 February 2013. Fieldwork was conducted face to face with 15-25 year-olds in Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). Researchers spoke to 1,378 15-25 year-olds including 265 NEETS. Data was weighted on gender, region, social grade, age, working status, tenure and ethnicity to match the proportions found in the general population.