The European Commission launched the second edition of its European Digital Skills Awards in early September. The awards will highlight projects to raise digital skills in five categories: citizens, workers, ICT professionals, education, and projects addressing the needs of women and girls.
EU Code Week is being marked this week, with events being organised by stakeholders in coding across Europe and beyond. The initiative, a grass-roots movement supported by the European Commission, aims to raise the profile of coding and motivate people to get creative and learn to code.
ECDL Switzerland hosted its annual Information Day, enabling Swiss ECDL test centres to learn about new developments in ECDL programmes and giving them the chance to exchange recent experiences in delivering ECDL.
Damien O’Sullivan, CEO of ECDL Foundation, has been selected to serve on the Governing Board of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. The first meeting of the Board took place on 28 September, in Brussels.
The European Parliament has adopted the final text of a resolution that welcomes the European Commission’s New Skills Agenda for Europe. In the resolution, the Parliament argues that education and training in Europe need to keep pace with changes in society and technology, and calls for access to skills development for all.
ECDL Romania hosted more than 140 representatives of ECDL test centres during an event in the picturesque town of Brasov. Representatives of ECDL Romania, ATIC, the Romanian Ministry of Education, the Institute for Public Administration, and ECDL Foundation, addressed the participants.
Schools in Europe will soon have help in understanding how they can effectively use digital technologies in the classroom. SELFIE, a self-assessment tool for schools, is being developed by Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, in collaboration with experts across Europe and 600 schools.
A new ‘Cybersecurity Act’ was announced by European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, during his annual State of the European Union speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on 13 September. The proposal for legislation will define a new role and responsibilities for ENISA, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security, including on developing skills for cyber security.
A new call for e-learning papers on digital and innovative education has been launched by Open Education Europa. Under the call, papers on a range of topics, including quality assurance, accreditation and certification, as well as European and national policy in the area, can be submitted on a rolling basis.
A new report from CEDEFOP, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, has examined the skills that people will need to keep up with new digital developments. In ‘People, machines, robots and skills’, the EU agency argues that, “evidence shows that to keep up with digital developments, simply improving digital literacy is not enough. Adults in jobs require at least moderate-level ICT skills also require a strong level of complementary skills”.