GREATER Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is joining more than 100 organisations in the FutureDotNow coalition to tackle the UK’s digital skills gap.

It comes as 17 million people in the UK have been found to be without the essential digital skills for work.

Meanwhile only 23 per cent of British workers receive digital skills training from their employer.

Other organisations in the FutureDotNow coalition include Accenture, BT, M&S and Nationwide Building Society.

The move to join the coalition will build on the GMCA’s current work in tackling the skills shortage which has seen it grant £1.5m to the 10 Greater Manchester local authorities to address local barriers to digital inclusion and provide residents with the digital kit needed to get online.

Eamonn Boylan, chief executive of GMCA, said: “I am proud to announce that GMCA has joined the FutureDotNow coalition to tackle the growing digital skills gap across Greater Manchester and beyond.

“In Greater Manchester we believe that everyone whatever their age, location, or situation, should be able to benefit from the opportunities digital brings and joining the coalition is an important step in ensuring this is the case.”