Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition
The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition
The Commission has launched the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition to develop a large digital talent pool and ensure that individuals and the labour force in Europe are equipped with adequate digital skills.
Building on the positive results of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs 2013-2016 and the EU e-skills strategy, and in coordination with the work under Education and Training 2020, the Commission is bringing together Member States and stakeholders, including social partners, to pledge action and to identify and share best practices, so that they can be more easily replicated and scaled up. It will improve the dissemination of information about available EU funds (European Structural and Investment Funds, Youth Employment Initiative, Erasmus+ etc.) and explore possible funding opportunities for example through voucher mechanisms.
The new Coalition broadens the membership to ICT-using sectors and has a stronger national and regional dimension. With this new Coalition, all organisations, groups or government bodies taking action to boost digital skills in Europe are encouraged to:
- Become a member of the Coalition by endorsing the objectives and principles of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Members Charter
- Make pledges for action in the areas identified in the Charter. Pledges are concrete commitments to address the digital skills gap. Collective pledges by a couple of stakeholders are welcome
- Establishing national digital skills coalitions where none exist today and reinforce existing and emerging ones
- Share best practices which can be replicated and scaled up across Europe.
The Secretariat of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition (led by DIGITALEUROPE, European Schoolnet and Telecentre Europe) will support the EC in mobilising all stakeholders who can contribute to reducing the digital skills gap in Europe, and by establishing national digital skills coalitions in 28 Member States. In order to boost Europe’s Digital Skills it is needed to:
1) Educate and train more young people for digital professions
2) Up-skill and re-skill the European labour force
3) Modernise education and training systems for the digital age
4) Improve the digital skills of all citizens
Member States have also been invited to develop comprehensive national digital skills strategies by mid-2017 on the basis of targets set by end-2016. This includes:
• Establishing national digital skills coalitions connecting public authorities, business, education, training and labour market stakeholders.
• Developing concrete measures to bring digital skills and competences to all levels of education and training, supporting teachers and educators and promoting active involvement of business and other organisations.
For more about the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition go to: ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/digital-skills-jobs-coalition #DSJCoalition
A New Skills Agenda for Europe
On 10 June 2016 the European Commission adopted a new Skills Agenda for Europe. The agenda aims to make sure that people develop the skills necessary for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Read about 10 concrete measures to boost employability, competitiveness and growth across the EU within the New Skills Agenda for Europe.