Digital Literacy is achieved when a person gains enough knowledge and skill to confidently navigate and stay updated on the changes in the digital world. For some adults, technology can be intimidating and some believe that learning technology is unnecessary, especially if they already find comfort in their current functions as a member of their family and the workforce.
Things are going digital and technology is one undeniable thing that we have to learn from the younger generation. Most companies and organizations are adopting technology to meet the changing demands of the world and this means that the workforce will have to keep up.
Besides, learning about the internet and technology helps us to understand the world that our children and grandchildren are living in. This can bridge the huge gap between generations.
Digital Literacy of Canadians
According to the 2016 records of the Information and Communication Technology Council, 84% of occupations in Canada need to be performed with a computer which requires basic computer skills. Even trades that don’t require such skills still opt for digitally literate applicants.
According to the study Levelling Up: The Quest for Digital Literacy, The Brookfield Institute, Canadians experience hindrances in their efforts to be digitally literate. Some of these challenges include lack of access to digital tools (the internet, computers), inadequate skills in writing and numbers, location and finances, etc.
As a result, companies in Canada take in outsiders to fulfill their human resources needs. The Information and Communications Council reported that around 40% of Canada’s ICT workforce comprises immigrants, out of which 36% are permanent residents.
Canadians have to step up their game and improve their competence in technology. We are very welcoming to immigrants but we must also do our part and help our own communities secure jobs in the ICT sector.