On 1 December the European Commission launched the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, together with Member States, industry, social partners, NGOs and education providers, to continue develop a digital talent pool and ensure Europe’s growth and competitiveness.
The launch event in Brussels was attended by Vice-President Ansip, Commissioner Oettinger (responsible for Digital Economy & Society) and Commissioner Tibor Navracsics (responsible for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport) together with Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium.
The event was also the occasion to award the four winners of the Digital Skills Awards 2016.
The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition is one of the ten key initiatives proposed by the Commission under the New Skills Agenda for Europe, presented in June this year. Building on the results of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs (2013-2016) and the EU e-skills strategy, the Coalition brings together Member States and a variety of stakeholders to pledge action and to identify and share best practices.
The Coalition commits to tackling the skills gaps at all levels, from the skills needed by high-level ICT professionals to the skills needed by all European citizens to live, work and participate in today’s digital economy and society.
Great emphasis is put on the consolidation of the existing 13 National Coalitions and the creation of coalitions in the remaining 15 Member States (MSs). MSs are invited to develop comprehensive national digital skills strategies, including concrete measures to bring digital skills and competences to all levels of education and training, supporting teachers and educators and promoting the active involvement of business and other relevant stakeholders.
Companies and organisations taking action to boost digital skills in Europe can become member of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, pledge for concrete short-term actions, join or create National or Local Coalitions for Digital Jobs, or participate in events and other activities to share success stories and best practices.
For more information: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/digital-skills-jobs-coalition
Join the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition’s LinkedIn community to get in touch with the other members of the Coalition.
For more information, please contact:
Francesca Falco, DIGITALEUROPE
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