04 Jun 2020

Experts discuss the future of digital skills training in Europe at European Digital Academy’s First Strategic Seminar

At the beginning of 2020, DIGITALEUROPE and its partners – European DIGITAL SME Alliance, European Schoolnet, Public Libraries 2030 and Reaktor – launched the European Digital Academy (EDA) project funded by the European Commission and supported by the European Parliament. Its goal: to make basic knowledge of emerging technologies available and accessible to all European citizens and SMEs.

On 19 May, over 40 digital skills experts from all around Europe representing SMEs, civil society, and EU decision-makers joined us to participate in EDA’s First Strategic Seminar. During the interactive session, they learned about key findings that had emerged from desk research and expert interviews conducted by the EDA consortium. 

Current estimates indicate that the digital skills gap counts 1,000,000 missing IT professionals in Europe. At the same time, the skill gap extends beyond specialists – DESI forecasts that 9 out of 10 future jobs will require digital skills. While there is a growing need to equip citizens and SMEs with the knowledge of emerging technologies that shape the modern world, e.g. AI, blockchain or robotics, experts indicate that there is still a significant gap with regard to basic digital skills.

The experts participating in the seminar also analysed various training scenarios and used them to provide input on the direction and the focus of digital skills training development in Europe. 

At the moment, the EDA consortium is reviewing feedback collected during the seminar consultation. The results will complement the findings gathered by the consortium up to date and will be presented in EDA’s final research report in late June 2020. 

If you’d like to receive the report as well as regular updates on the European Digital Academy developments, click below to subscribe to the EDA newsletter. 

Subscribe to the European Digital Academy newsletter

For more information, please contact:
05 Jul 2024 resource
The Download: Closing the digital skills gap
02 Jul 2024 resource
Overcoming Europe’s connectivity challenges to reclaim global leadership
19 Jun 2024 Publication & Brochure
The EU's Critical Tech Gap: Rethinking economic security to put Europe back on the map
Hit enter to search or ESC to close
This website uses cookies
We use cookies and similar techonologies to adjust your preferences, analyze traffic and measure the effectiveness of campaigns. You consent to the use of our cookies by continuing to browse this website.