The UK government has launched guidelines for employers looking to set up schemes under the Home Computing Initiative (HCI).
The guidelines provide technical and legal information, and offer examples of other employers which have implemented an HCI scheme.
Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt claimed that greater penetration of computers and internet access in the home would increase IT skills.
"Through improved ICT access and use, [HCI schemes] provide the tools and resources that further individual learning, enhance workplace skills and increase employment opportunities," she said.
Hewitt maintained that 61 per cent of employees already on the scheme believed that it had improved their IT skills.
Three-quarters of respondents to a survey indicated that the presence of a computer in the home had helped them better manage the balance between work and home.
The Royal Mail began an HCI project 17 months ago, which has already attracted 18,000 staff.
Royal Mail chief executive Adam Crozier said: "Thirteen per cent of our workforce owned home PCs compared with 50 per cent in the UK as a whole.
"And with greater use of technology and automation across our business, we needed to increase [ICT] skills.
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