Representatives of organisations active in digital skills, including ECDL Foundation, gathered in Brussels on 1 December to officially launch the new Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, a partnership of organisations with the goal of tackling digital skills shortages.
Speaking at the event, European Commission Vice President, Andrus Ansip, said, “Allowing more people to develop digital skills is like giving a ticket to the digital economy. We cannot build the Digital Single Market in Europe without addressing the digital skills gap. The launch of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition is a milestone in our joint effort to increase everyone's digital skills in Europe.”
As part of our involvement in the Coalition, ECDL Foundation has pledged that by the end of 2018, 2 million digital skills assessments leading to ECDL certification will be taken in the EU. ECDL Foundation also pledged to launch and pilot the new Computing module and implement the Digital Marketing module developed and piloted as pledge for the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs in 2015.
ECDL Foundation representative, Austeja Trinkunaite, joined representatives of other pledging organisations on stage with European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, Günther Oettinger, during the launch event.
All organisations, groups and government bodies are invited to join the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. More information about that can be found on the website of the European Commission.