• The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition celebrates its 100th pledge to reduce the digital skills gap in Europe

    16 April 2018Today, the European Commission announces an outstanding result achieved with the support of the Secretariat of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, led by DIGITALEUROPE: 100 concrete commitments aimed at equipping Europeans with digital skills were made by organisations, government bodies and businesses, across sectors. Among these, eight members of DIGITALEUROPE, namely Amazon Web Services, CISCO, Dell, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP.

    Since the launch in December 2016, organisations, government bodies and businesses who are members of the Coalition have provided more than 3.7 million online or face-to-face trainings and one million certificates, and have offered 9,000 job placements and internships. Over a million citizens have also been reached by awareness raising activities about the importance of digital skills for employability, competitiveness and participation in society. These commitments range from reskilling jobseekers, training teachers, providing coding classes for children, to actions targeting ICT professionals.

    The 100 pledges submitted tackle the need for digital skills at all levels:

    • Digital skills for all – developing digital skills to enable all citizens to be active in our digital society
    • Digital skills in education – transforming teaching and learning of digital skills in a lifelong learning perspective, including the training of teachers
    • Digital skills for the labour force – developing digital skills for the digital economy, e.g. upskilling and reskilling workers, jobseekers; actions on career advice and guidance
    • More and better trained ICT professionals in Europe – developing high level digital skills for ICT professionals in all industry sectors.

    The majority of pledges are submitted by companies and organisations from the ICT sector or by education and training bodies. Nevertheless, the number of pledges from ICT-enabled sectors is increasing. A number of actors from the financial and banking, agriculture, social care, health, manufacturing, accommodation and fashion sector have also committed to boost the digital skills of their labour force.

    Most pledges tackle the need for digital skills in education by taking action to transform teaching and learning or are aimed at supporting the upskilling and retraining of the European workforce through training.

    Read the announcement by the European Commission here.

    We invite all DIGITALEUROPE members to join the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition by becoming member and introducing a pledge. Check out the Pledge Viewer to get inspired and find partners.

     

    For more information please contact:

     

     


    Jonathan Murray
    Director of Operations
    jonathan.murray@digitaleurope.org    

        

     

    Francesca Falco
    Project Manager
    francesca.falco@digitaleurope.org  

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