Policy makers need to change their mind-set in tackling skills mismatches according to a new report by Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. Among other findings, the report highlights that approximately 85% of jobs in the EU require, at least basic, digital skills.
A new report from the European Internet Forum (EIF) has been published, looking at the future of transatlantic digital transformation. The report considers the views of EIF members in both Europe and the United States, making recommendations on five priority areas, including the future of work.
European Commission Seeks Input on Plans for Better Mutual Recognition of Qualifications and Diplomas
The European Commission is seeking input on a new proposal to make it easier for people to move freely for research or study through mutual recognition of higher and upper-secondary education, as well as study periods abroad.
A national digital inclusion strategy has been launched in France by the Secretary of State for Digital, Mounir Mahjoubi. The strategy, which will see €1 billion spent over 7 years, will aim to help approximately 13 million people in France who lack the skills to go online.
Majority of Businesses in UK Have Not Implemented Staff Training for Major Upcoming Data Protection Law Changes
Just 21% of businesses and only 10% of charities in the UK have implemented additional staff training or communication to prepare for the EU’s major new data protection law, the GDPR. The data, which comes from the UK Government’s ‘Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018’, conducted for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, also reveals that just over a quarter of organisations surveyed have made changes to the way they work in advance of GDPR’s introduction on 25 May 2018.
Big Gaps Between Perception and Reality of Digital Skills Found According to New ECDL Foundation Report
New research by ECDL Foundation confirms that people consistently overestimate their digital skills. The latest edition of the Perception and Reality report, published this week, brings together research from five countries in Europe, as well as Singapore and India. Significant digital skills gaps exist in all of the countries featured in the report, including among young people.
Lloyds Bank has released the fourth annual edition of its UK Business Digital Index for 2017, revealing that over half of charities, and 41% of business in Britain lack essential digital skills. The report highlights the benefits for organisations that are equipped with good digital skills, including increased turnover and saved time for businesses, and increased donations for charities.
The Children’s Commissioner for England has released a new report showing that many children between 8 and 12 years old struggle to manage social media and become anxious about how they present themselves online.
Ireland’s Education Minister, Richard Bruton, has announced that students in the country will soon be able to study computer science for their final exams in secondary school. The addition of computer science to the Leaving Certificate exams will begin in 2020.
In December, Adelisa Murati was handed the 3,000th ECDL certificate in Liechtenstein. The student of the ‘Oberschule Vaduz’ was very pleased to have successfully passed the internationally recognised computer skills certification, and also for receiving the 3,000th ECDL certificate in the country.