• Outstanding results for DIGITALEUROPE’s members at the Digital Skills Awards 2017

    12 December 2017During the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Conference that took place in Brussels on 7 December, Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, awarded five outstanding projects which encourage the development of digital skills in Europe. Three of them are initiatives supported by DIGITALEUROPE’s members.

    This was the second edition of the Digital Skills Awards, an initiative by the European Commission meant to showcase digital skills initiatives that are original and can be scaled-up or replicated in other countries and sectors. A total of 243 projects applied this year. A considerable number of applications came from DE’s corporate members, namely Apple, Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei Technologies, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics, and SAP. DE’s NTA Danish IT Industry Association also submitted an entry.

    20 finalists, selected by the European Commission and by DE’s projects team, acting as the Secretariat of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, were invited to Brussels for the Digital Skills Awards ceremony and to exhibit their projects at the conference. An independent jury composed of members of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Governing Board selected and announced on stage the five winners.


    We congratulate all winners, especially our members Cisco, Ericsson, Google, Microsoft and Intel!


    Here are the winning projects:


    Category: Digital skills for ICT professionals – developing high-level digital skills for ICT professionals in all industry sectors

    Winner: Developer Scholarships Challenge in the EU: initiative by Google, Bertelsmann and Udacity, to help close the ICT specialist skills gap in Europe and offer opportunities to everyone to change career or get access to the skills needed to be part of the new digital economy.


    Category: Digital skills in education – transforming teaching and learning of digital skills in a lifelong learning perspective, including the training of teachers

    Winner: Opening Opportunities in Romania: mentor-lead programme, in which IT professionals mentor teams of high school students who discover computer science, product development and team work in poor regions in Romania. The project is run by Asociatia Techsoup with the support of Microsoft YouthSpark and in partnership with Microsoft Romania and the National Association of Librarians and Public Libraries.


    Category: Digital Skills for women and girls – attracting women and girls to learn digital competences for life and work

    Winner: IT for SHE Poland: programme which aims to increase the participation of women in the high tech industry, by helping talented female students from IT faculties to enter the labour market. The  programme is supported by Cisco, Ericsson and Intel.


    Category: Digital skills for all (developing digital skills to enable all citizens to be active in our digital society)

    Winner: Digitaal.Talent@Gent: e-inclusion programme of the City of Ghent, the Public Centre for Social Welfare Ghent and Digipolis Ghent, which aims to give all citizens the opportunity to develop digital skills.


    Category: Digital skills for the labour force - developing digital skills for the digital economy by developing courses to support upskilling and reskilling workers, helping jobseekers and other actions on career advice and guidance)

    Winner: Fit4coding: coding school run by a public-private partnership between NumericALL and the Ministry of Labour and Employment of Luxembourg meant to train jobseekers into web developers.


    We invite all DIGITALEUROPE’s members to get involved in the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition by pledging for action: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/pledges-action

    Read more about the Digital Skills Awards at: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/20-outstanding-projects-reach-finals-european-digital-skills-awards-2017


    For more information: 

    Francesca Falco
    Project Manager
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