In a world where almost every element of daily life has a digital component, countries are looking at ways to prepare for the present and future opportunities of the Digital Age. For Scotland, the country plans on working from the ground up. With the creation of a new Digital Growth Fund, Scotland aims to boost the number of digital jobs to 150,000 by 2021, thereby giving citizens the digital skills they need to be the most productive and continue to create innovative smart city solutions. By looking at this digital strategy, other countries can see how this model will positively benefit the economy. — Philippe Leonard
Development in the digital age
With its new digital strategy, called “Realising Scotland’s full potential in a digital world”, Scotland plans on putting digital elements at the centre of every one of its developments, from the way the country drives economic growth to how it reforms public services and educates the “workforce of the future” at schools. What’s first on the list? Getting businesses up to speed with broadbands of 30Mbps by 2021, in addition to upping security measures to prevent against cyberattacks. Then the country can focus efforts on citizens sharing in the social, economic and democratic digital discussion, as well as the open sharing of non-personal data.
Benefits of a digital vision
With a fund such as the one Scotland has set in place, the country can help hone digital skills, especially in fields where there is a lack of knowledge and skilled workers. Focusing on education and training systems will make a city or country more digitally competitive. As these industries grow, so does the economy and jobs sector, creating hundreds of thousands of digital technology jobs.
“By developing our existing workforce and increasing our digital capabilities across society and the business community, we will ensure that our citizens [in Scotland] have the opportunity to improve their digital skills with everyone who wants to get connected able to do so, and public services designed by and for citizens that are secure. This will in turn will have a positive impact on growing our economy,” explains Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution Derek Mackay.
By placing the importance on making a country fully digital, Scotland and other countries can lead the way with a digital revolution benefitting everything from public security and national economy to growth on a global level.