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What are Digital Champions and what are the benefits?

Wait - what are digital champions?!

A digital champion is someone within your business who is passionate about helping their colleagues learn, building digital confidence and skills of the  people around them.  

Digital champions are either nominated by a team member or volunteer, before being trained by inhouse or external experts on how best to support their colleagues.  

Digital champions don’t need to be tech experts, but do need to feel comfortable helping people who have less knowledge than they do. They also need to be patient, understanding and be confident in their skills. 


Why have digital champions? What are the benefits?

There are a number of benefits to having digital champions within your organisations. Let's take a look at just some of them:


1. Improve digital skills across your organisation

With this research from World Skills UK showing that one in four (23%) employers feel their current workforce lacks the basic digital skills that they need, recruiting a network of champions across your organisation can be key to improving these skills.

By taking part in sessions with a digital champion, your people are encouraged and inspired to learn more about various digital skills relevant to their role.


2. Alleviate some of the pressure on your IT team

Through the improvements in digital knowledge and skills of individuals, along with having champions answer all those tricky questions, there will be a lot less pressure on your already-busy IT teams.

Freeing up time and allowing your IT team to focus on other, more pressing tasks.


3. Provide a lasting and meaningful learning experience

A digital champion can pick up where an expert trainer left off, creating a long-lasting change even after a change program has wrapped up. Would you rather learn from a trainer or your team mates?

According to this study by Degreed, more than half (55%) of people would turn to their colleagues for advice when wanting to learn something new.


4. Strengthen working relationships across your organisation

Pairing your people with champions is a great way to foster new links and strengthen working relationships across your organisation. People may get the opportunity to interact with new people from different departments, who they otherwise wouldn’t meet.  
From strong work relationships comes a whole host of other benefits too, including improved productivity, better collaboration, a boost in staff morale and overall wellbeing.


5. Ensure new technology investments are used to their full potential

Ultimately, recruiting digital champions helps to improve adoption, thus ensuring the investment you’ve made into new technology is being used to its full potential across the organisation.  
Through peer-to-peer learning and 1:1 sessions, your champions programme could be key to making sure your new programmes, apps and processes are embraced at scale and for the long haul.  


How to start a Digital Champions network

A Digital Champions network can be a crucial part of improving digital skills at scale across an organisation. 

At Hable we have worked with some of the UK's leading Universities, businesses, and councils to embed Digital Champions programmes.

From an assessment into digital skills, to an engaging communications campaign, and champions learning sessions, a Hable Digital Champions programme covers everything you need.

Interested in rolling out a digital champions network within your organisation?


Get in touch with Hable to discuss your requirements