eSkills for Jobs
The European Commission has launched the eSkills for Jobs: Communication and awareness raising campaign that will take place in 2015 and 2016. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the need for citizens to improve their command of information and communication technology (ICT) skills for work. The campaign is a response to the growing demand for ICT-skilled professionals which is currently not met, despite high levels of unemployment in Europe.
The campaign is aligned with the European Commission’s Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs initiative, an EU-wide multi-stakeholder partnership helping to address a shortfall in the number of European citizens with ICT professional skills, and to exploit the employment creation potential of ICT.
eSkills are essential for professionals working in small to medium size enterprises, for young people and the unemployed looking to enter the workforce. They are also vital for corporations who need a highly-skilled workforce. While Europe struggles with a prolonged economic downturn, eSkills are more essential than ever to help get Europe’s economy back on its feet. People with strong eSkills will play a central role in making Europe an innovative and competitive environment.
The main focus of the campaign, that will run in 22 European countries*, will be to raise awareness of the education, training, jobs, and other opportunities that are available to people with eSkills – those who know how to effectively use digital technologies.
Together, industry, education bodies and public authorities will deliver a large and diverse programme of events and communications activities throughout 2015 and 2016. It will inform students, unemployed people, ICT professionals and SMEs about the vast range of opportunities that ICT-related jobs present.
Four high level conferences will take place during the campaign linked to the EU Presidencies of Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Slovakia.
The campaign is coordinated by DIGITALEUROPE and European Schoolnet in conjunction with hundreds of national and pan-European partners. You can visit the official eSkills campaign website: http://eskills4jobs.ec.europa.eu/
*Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.