The main challenges facing Europe in tackling digital skills gaps have been identified in a new initiative from a European Commission-led expert group. The group, which brought together representatives of public authorities from across the EU, worked to produce a ‘shared concept’ for a digital skills strategy that can be used by Member States as guidance in developing their own digital skills strategies at the national level.
The group identified four key target groups and the challenges that they face:
Upgrading trainers’ and teachers’ skills; teaching students how to find information online, carry out fact-checking and develop critical thinking skills for the online world.
Providing relevant digital skills training opportunities for everyone.
Improving the digital skills of workers and the workforce, and focussing on workplace digital skills.
- ICT Professionals
Improving ICT professionals’ skills in the context of life-long learning.
In addition to identifying key challenges, the ‘shared concept’ also proposes potential solutions and identifies examples of best practice, which include projects using ECDL in Cyprus and Montenegro.
More detail, including further information on the best practice initiatives will be available in the European Commission’s upcoming Digital Progress Report 2017, expected to be published in May.
More information about the ‘shared concept’ can be found on the website of the European Commission.