5,000 to 6,000 graduate students will have the opportunity to participate in paid 4 to 5 month internships in the digital field between 2018 and 2020 under a new pilot project announced by the European Commission.
The project was announced in the context of high levels of youth unemployment and a dangerous digital skills gap. It will be open to students from all disciplines. Skills mismatches are a serious issue in the European labour market, with two million job vacancies across the continent, despite high unemployment rates. While the vast majority of jobs need digital skills, employers find it hard to recruit workers with good enough skill levels.
According to European Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, “If we are to come to terms with the digital skills gap in Europe, education and training need to become a joint responsibility between employers, employees, educators and policy makers. We need to test ideas, develop projects, work and think together on the best ways to give people the skills they need for new jobs”
More information can be found on the website of the European Commission.