Computer training can help ageing population stay in jobs
Offering computer training to your staff could not only help increase your company’s output; it could also ensure older members of your workforce are able to stay in their jobs as the digital era progresses.
Figures published by the European Union’s statistical service, Eurostat, last month show the gap between the different age groups in terms of computer literacy.
Among 16 to 24-year-olds in the EU27 group of member nations, 96% of people have used a computer at least once in their lifetimes, rising to 100% in the UK.
However, extend the age range up to 74, and the EU27 computer usership rate drops to 78%, and 91% in the UK.
Within the UK, 94% of young people have copied or moved a file or folder, 72% have used spreadsheet formulae, 61% have created a presentation and a fairly high 25% have written a computer program.
These percentages drop to 72%, 51%, 36% and 13% respectively among the full range of 16 to 74-year-olds in the UK.
By offering computer training to your staff, you can help them to understand how to complete these kinds of tasks, regardless of their age.
Our Microsoft Office training can demonstrate how to use PowerPoint to create a simple slideshow, for instance – and could have beneficial effects on your in-house training and sales meetings as a result.