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Young Digital Makers – Surveying attitudes and opportunities for digital creativity across the UK

We mapped the organisations that provide training and learning opportunities to young people in digital making. Our findings contributed to a State of the Nation report on digital making.

Today Nesta has published its latest report on the digital making landscape in the UK. This is a 360°review of how young people, their parents and teachers think about digital making and access opportunities; and what the range and scale of those opportunities are.


Nesta has had a long-standing interest in the subject of digital making, broadly defined as the ability to manipulate the technology underlying digital media and tools, rather than simply using digital devices. The significance of digital making as an issue is partly because of its potential as a form of empowerment – especially for young people. But it’s also because – as we have seen with the recent high profile amendments to the computing curriculum – digital making capacity is understood, politically, as an important skill set for individuals, and for the wider economy.


The recommendations in the report include expanding provision outside of the current hotspots (predominantly London), clarifying ‘pathways to excellence’, and mobilising non-professionals in order to meet demand for training in this area.


As a contribution to this report, BOP undertook research among digital making providers. Throughsurveys, interviews, and using a data aggregation tool, we assembled a picture of the size and shape ofthe sector, the number and geographic spread of the opportunities on offer, the most popular kinds ofdigital making and the most common delivery mechanisms for training, and the kinds of funding andsupport the sector draws upon. You can read more about our findings, and the rest of Nesta’s research on this topic, by downloading the report, Young Digital Makers, below.

Young Digital Makers: Digital Making and Access Opportunities

BOP contributed research to this Nesta report on the digital making landscape.

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