The European Commission today announced a series of measures to boost skills. The New Skills Agenda for Europe calls for an improvement of literacy, numeracy and digital skills across the continent, and proposes 10 actions to be carried out over the next two years.
In the area of digital skills, the announcements of initiatives to be launched today include a Skills Guarantee that targets low-skilled adults to help them develop minimum levels of basic skills, including basic digital skills. A new Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition will bring together key stakeholders from business and education, as well as Member States of the EU, to ensure that the workforce is digitally literate.
Over the longer term, initiatives on the Europass Framework, making Vocational Education and Training more attractive, and reviewing the Recommendation on Key Competences, will be launched during this year and next.
Speaking at the announcement of the New Skills Agenda in Brussels, European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue said, "With millions of people in the EU currently out of work, we need to do all we can to help equip them with the right skills for the evolving labour market. Today's 10-point action plan sets out areas where the EU can help make a difference, from ensuring better recognition of qualifications across EU borders, to a Skills Guarantee that helps low-skilled adults learn essential literacy, numeracy and digital skills."
The New Skills Agenda for Europe forms part of the European Commission's programme to boost jobs, growth and investment. ECDL Foundation strongly welcomes the measures relating to digital skills, which will contribute towards raising digital competence standards in the workforce, education and society across Europe. More information about the New Skills Agenda for Europe can be found on the website of the European Commission.