In a blog post on the European Commission’s website, Claire Bury, Deputy Director General of DG CONNECT explores the progress that can be made by the newly-launched Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. The post argues that digital skills remain important across all sectors of the economy, stating that, “it is essential to re-train the whole European workforce: farmers, bank employees, factory workers and others alike.”
Bury’s post follows the launch in late December of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, a multi-stakeholder grouping of organisations from the public, private and NGO sectors that is coordinated by the European Commission. Supporters of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition can pledge actions to further its goals. According to the post, “In 2017, we will therefore get more enterprises outside the ICT sector on board, for example banks and manufacturing companies as well as more school and universities. Together with our partners, we will launch initiatives to train more young people for digital jobs and re-skill workers to ensure they have the digital competences they need to remain productive or to become employable.”
ECDL Foundation is proud to be a pledger to the Coalition. We have pledged to achieve 2 million digital skills assessments leading to certification under ECDL standards in the EU by 2018, to implement our Digital Marketing module in at least 5 EU countries by the end of 2017, and to launch our Computing module.
In addition to calling for non-ICT sector partners to join in pledging to the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, Claire Bury also writes that the European Commission, “will reach out to managing authorities and regions to make sure more European funds are used for digital skills training for citizens, the labour force or teachers.”
The full post can be read on the website of the European Commission.