A new programme to invest €9.2 billion in meeting digital challenges has been announced by the European Commission. The Digital Europe programme proposes the investment as part of the EU’s long-term budget for 2021 to 2027.
A new campaign, titled, ‘Apprentices: Let’s go digital’ has been launched by OCG, the ECDL National Operator in Austria. The campaign aims to promote the importance of digital skills for young apprentices, and encourage certification using ECDL.
Nesta, a UK charity promoting science and technology innovation has published a new guide that looks at how to prepare, “the workforce for an inclusive digital economy.” The guide provides an overview of barriers to upskilling the workforce and suggests policy steps that could be taken by governments to overcome those barriers.
The latest edition of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) has been published by the European Commission. DESI summarises key indicators on the continent’s digital performance, including on digital skills, providing a tool to track progress of Member States in digital competitiveness.
The European Commission has published a new user guide to DigComp. The guide, which features a case study of ECDL Poland’s use of DigComp, as well as a quote from Frank Mockler, Head of Programme Standards at ECDL Foundation, is intended to highlight “inspiring DigComp implementations.”
Eight projects were recognised as exceptional examples of the implementation of ECDL Foundation’s programmes at the annual Best Practice Awards, held during the recent ECDL Foundation Forum in Prague.
Importance of Information Literacy Highlighted as Major Study Shows Fake News Spreads Faster Than Real News
The danger of fake news online has been highlighted in a major new study by academics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. The study, titled, ‘The spread of true and false news online’, and published in the journal, ‘Science’, looked at how fake news stories were disseminated through Twitter over the whole life of the service, from 2006 to 2017, finding that fake news spreads further and faster than real news.
A new report by the OECD looks at the digital divide in rural areas and examines how technology could bridge the divide. The ‘Bridging the Rural Digital Divide’ report, which is part of the OECD Digital Economy Papers series, covers a broad range of issues around the digital divide in remote and rural areas, and presents an overview of policies and technological developments that could impact the gap.
Cedefop has published a new briefing note on the state of qualifications frameworks in Europe in 2017. The publication, made available in February 2018, considers the status of development of National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs), the impact that NQFs are having, and a number of other areas. At present, 39 European countries are in the process of developing or implementing NQFs; 35 of those have already formally adopted their NQFs.
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.