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Digital Skills for Everyone

11 January 2018, 11:44 CET

'Digital Skills for Everyone: Accelerating Europe's Competitiveness and Inclusive Growth' takes place at the Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre, Brussels on Thursday 5th April 2018.

When 05-04-2018
from 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Where Brussels
Contact Name Public Policy Exchange
Contact Phone +44 (0) 20 3137 8630
Attendees ICT Training Companies, ICT Certifcation Companies, ICT Practitioners, Education and Vocational Education Training, Organisations, Employment Agencies and Organisations, Staff Recruitment and Stafng Players, National Governmental Organisations, Local Governmental Organisations, Local Authority Officers and Councillors, Social Services, SMEs and HR Managers in Larger Enterprises, Trade Unions, Employers’ Organisations, Associations of Schools, Academics and Researchers, Ministries of Employment and Social Affairs, Research Institutes, Social Innovation Centres, National Departments for Social and Family
Affairs, Lifelong Learning Institutes, Social Advisers, Active Ageing Organisations, Voluntary Organisations, Employment and Social Inclusion Institutes, Labour Economy Research Centres, Labour Market Institutes, European Social Organisational Science, Consultancies, European Employment Associations, Social Partners, Associations of Social Enterprises, Sheltered Employment and Labour, Integration Organisations
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Digitalisation is permeating all policy sectors and everyday life. Nowadays, citizens are required to have more digital skills in order to participate in modern society and to advance their professional career. However, according to the factsheet from the Tallinn Digital Summit (2017), 44% of the European population does not have any basic digital skills, although soon 9 out of 10 jobs will require digital competences. It is moreover predicted that in 2020 the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) sector will face a lack of 500,000 experts. Despite improvements in the data and clear commitment of the political side, Europe is still lacking the digitally-skilled workforce needed to fill the gaps.

The digital sector and especially e-skills have been at the top of European agenda since 2014. One of the Juncker Commission’s priorities is to complete the Digital Single Market (DSM) by 2019. Among the most important tools to achieve this objective is the New Skills Agenda for Europe, endorsed in 2016. Member States recently agreed to unify their efforts in the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, and on 7th December 2017 the Commission launched the Digital Opportunity Traineeship Programme to help young people enter the labour market. Other initiatives include the Code week for many European schools and the Digital Skills Awards, assigned to the best initiatives encouraging the development of e-skills. Increasing training opportunities and programmes are increasingly enabling European citizens to be fully equipped in the era of digitalisation.

Given the importance of the ICT sector in the global market, Europe has to advance quickly. The next few years will be crucial to make the digital sector friendly to all citizens, to boost their career opportunities and to harmonise different European markets. Europe needs a comprehensive strategy and efficient solutions, close cooperation between the education and business sectors to complete the task of digital literacy for everyone and to stimulate the economic competitiveness.

This timely international Symposium will provide an important opportunity to exchange views on the recent initiatives launched in the framework of the EU’s New Skills Agenda. Delegates will get a chance to analyse the opportunities to integrate the digital sector in citizens’ life, its benefits, and the possibilities offered by comprehensive and sustainable training. The symposium will touch upon the topic of digital inclusiveness and how different organisations can lead the process. The participants will share best practice and discuss their digital skills adaptability in different sectors.

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