Brief Foundational Digital Skills for Career Progress
Ian Hecker, Pamela J. Loprest
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The increasingly technological nature of jobs means that digital skills are necessary for workers. This brief focuses on foundational digital skills—the ability to use digital tools to complete tasks in various settings. A synthesis of literature shows that most occupations, even occupations that have not traditionally used technology, are increasingly demanding foundational digital skills. But many workers and job seekers lack these skills, particularly people of color, English language learners, and older workers. Our interviews with digital skill providers suggest strategies for successfully teaching these skills as well as challenges.

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Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Education Nonprofits and philanthropy Aging and retirement Workforce
Tags Subsidized employment Older workers Employment and income data Immigrants and the economy Workers in low-wage jobs Labor force Job training Youth employment and training Building America’s Workforce
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center Research to Action Lab