Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs: statement by Ryan HEATH, Spokesperson for Digital Agenda
Première transmission: 04/03/2013
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 04/03/2013
Following the Employment Package of April 2012 VP Kroes called for the formation of a multi-stakeholder partnership, the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, to tackle the twin issues of a projected shortfall of 700,000 ICT professionals in Europe by 2015, exacerbated by a decline in computing science graduates. At the end of 2012 the Grand Coalition was identified as a key priority in the Digital Agenda Review to boost entrepreneurship, employment and competitiveness
The European Commission has joined forces with companies, industry associations (including Digital Europe, the EuroCIO, CIONet, the European e-Skills Association and PIN-SME) and Member States through the High Level Group to shape the work of the Grand Coalition.
It is already collecting pledges on new jobs, internships, training places, start-up funding, free online university courses and more. Companies such as Nokia, Telefónica, SAP, Cisco, HP, Alcatel-Lucent, Randstad, ENI, Telenor Group, ARM, as well as the CIO community, CEPIS (Council of European Professional Informatics Societies) and Digital Europe were in the first wave of those committing to act.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Ryan Heath, EC Spokesperson for Digital Agenda: Today, we are launching a coalition for digital skills and jobs and it is a very exciting moment because we are bringing together President Barroso, four Commissioners and a group of companies. Dozens of companies have given us some hard commitments, some pledges about what they are going to do to deliver more skills and more jobs across Europe.
And what it is very interesting here is that we know that the digital economy is being growing by about 100.000 jobs a year. And there is actually no sector that can say that in the European economy at the moment. What we also know is that by 2015 up to 900.000 vacancies will exist. And that is ridiculous, it is really crazy at a time when you have youth unemployment, about 50% in some European Member States, general unemployment approaching 21 %. So what we have got to do is do more deliver the right training, help people with mobility, make sure the skills get satisfied so that all of these vacancies can get filled by people who are just entering the job market now, young people, people who lost their jobs because of the crisis. We want to fill that gap between the digital sector and unemployment sector.
We have got very good examples, so if you take the case of Telefonica, for example, a company that is based in Spain, very hard hit economy at the moment, they are going to be supporting 1.000 starts-ups between now and 2015 in five different centers across Europe, then that means that they will be supporting about 65.000 people. That is a huge commitment from one company and that is the sort of thing we have been collecting. And Neelie Kroes will go to Germany tomorrow and with the chairman of SAP, one of the big software companies, also other companies like Microsoft are involved, they are going to be launching a great academic platform that is helping give training that is much a very specific job vacancies. So that is what we are launching today with the digital skills coalition and that is what you will be hearing from President Barroso, Neelie Kroes, László Andor, Androulla Vassiliou and Antonio Tajani over the next two days.