DIGITALEUROPE hosted a roundtable: Digital skills for regions and cities
Just before the 16th European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), on 8 October 2018, DIGITALEUROPE organised a roundtable event: “Digital skills for greater competitiveness and innovation in regions and cities”. The gathering served as the official EWRC side event and aimed to explore the EU funding landscape for digital skills.
Even though the ICT enterprises (from startups to large multinationals) are one of the best employers on the market in terms of the salary attractiveness and career development, there is a lack of candidates who possess the right skills for offered positions. Public and private stakeholders across Europe have been doing a lot for the past years to bridge the digital skills gap, however, it seems not to be enough –the demand is ever increasing.
The EU funds and programmes can significantly influence the current situation. Therefore, the negotiations of the next long-term EU budget create a unique opportunity to ensure that the potential the EU funds and programmes have to help Europeans with acquiring digital skills, is recognised.
DIGITALEUROPE presented the ICT industry opinion and suggestions for how the EU funds can better support digital skills in ourposition paper. We discussed these topics with:
Alison Crabb, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, the European Commission