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Hybrid working: organisational development
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6 The digital strategy for Wales

The Digital Strategy for Wales aims to address how to use digital, data and technology to improve the lives of people in Wales.

‘Digital offers the potential to make our experience of the world better: enhancing people’s lives, strengthening the delivery of public services and the work of government, as well as helping businesses to adapt to the future.’

This vision of the digital strategy is improving the lives of everyone through collaboration, innovation and better public services. There are six missions to support the vision:

Table 5
Mission 1: digital services Deliver and modernise services so that they are designed around user needs and are simple, secure and convenient.
Mission 2: digital inclusion Equip people with the motivation, access, skills and confidence to engage with an increasingly digital world, based on their needs.
Mission 3: digital skills Create a workforce that has the digital skills, capability and confidence to excel in the workplace and in everyday life.
Mission 4: digital economy Drive economic prosperity and resilience by embracing and exploiting digital innovation.
Mission 5: digital connectivity Services are supported by fast and reliable infrastructure.
Mission 6: data and collaboration Services are improved by working together, with data and knowledge being used and shared.

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, A Prosperous Wales wellbeing goal specifically focuses on the skills for the future: ‘Encouraging organisations to develop a skilled population, fit for future technological change’. Digital skills for the future are essential for ensuring that not only organisations thrive, but that communities and nations protect future generations.

Activity 18: Understanding the digital strategy for Wales and Skills for the future

Timing: 25 minutes

Watch the video in which Sophie Howe, The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, explains the skills that will be required for the future.

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Then take time to read:

Note what this might mean for your organisation and for HEIs more widely, not only in terms of the digital skills that are required, but also what it may mean for the digital transformation of your institute.

If you are not based in Wales, you may wish to search for the digital strategy for the country that you are based in.