OCN London is a national not-for-profit organisation that creates and awards qualifications. We work in partnership with educators, training providers, charities and employers to help transform people’s lives through learning. Our mission is to help create a fairer society where everyone, whatever their educational background, has an opportunity to benefit from learning, realise their potential and fulfil their goals.
Our focus is on providing opportunities for people - many of them ‘second chance’ learners who have missed out on traditional education - to progress and achieve their goals. This is at the heart of our mission. We understand the power of learning to transform organisations, empower communities and help people to grow.
The UK is facing a digital skills crisis. We will need 1.2 million new technical and digitally skilled people by 2022 to meet rising demand from employers. Looking further ahead, within 20 years predictions are that 90 per cent of all jobs will require some element of digital skills. Yet, up to 12.6 million of the adult population lack the basic digital skills they need to benefit from the online world and one in 10 adults (that’s nearly six million) have never used the internet.
This year around half a million students are entering higher education – a record number. But whilst the volume of students with A levels remains fairly constant, there has been a significant rise amongst those with qualifications other than A levels entering higher education, including many students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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