The e-Skills for Jobs campaign began life in 2010 as ‘e-Skills Week’, later becoming a regular, year-long campaign as part of the EU’s e-Skills Strategy. With the involvement of over 650 stakeholders including industry, representatives of the education and training sectors, and civil society, the campaign works at both European and national levels to encourage the development of digital skills. Activities such as employment initiatives arranged by stakeholders, major conferences, and the e-Skills Manifesto have all served to bring attention to the importance of workplace ICT skills.
A significant achievement of the campaign has been the Riga Declaration on e-Skills, which set out 10 commitments as a “call to action on digital skills and job creation in Europe”:
- “Commitment to more and better investment in digital technologies and skills
- Address youth unemployment in Europe through digital skills
- Prioritise ‘e-Skills for the 21st Century’ policy and scale-up implementation
- Endorsement of the continued work of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs and the implementation of National Coalitions, and public funding investment
- Promotion of European e-leadership
- Fostering digital transformation and entrepreneurship
- Commitment to life-long education and training
- European leadership of global standards
- Fostering ICT professionalism and maturing the ICT profession in Europe
- Commitment to cooperate, pool expertise and efforts”
ECDL Foundation strongly supports the e-Skills for Jobs campaign and is proud to be a stakeholder in the initiative. ECDL Foundation has provided over 14 million people globally with essential ICT skills. As more and more activities in modern society now involve technology, these essential ICT skills are vital workplace skills: they help workers remain competitive and are a prerequisite for those seeking employment, or for those seeking to upskill in their current job role.
You can find out more about e-Skills for jobs at eskills4jobs.ec.europa.eu.