Statement by Ryan Heath on the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs
End production: 04/03/2013 First transmission: 04/03/2013
Ryan Heath, Spokesperson of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, made a statement on the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs launched by the European Commission on 4 March 2013.
Following the Employment Package of April 2012, Neelie 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.
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.
The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs will deliver concrete actions, which can be implemented in the short-term and have high local impact. It will build on on-going programmes and best practices that could be scaled-up.
The Grand Coalition will help accelerate and intensify efforts initiated by European policies, such as the Digital Agenda for Europe, the e-Skills Strategy, the Employment Package, the Opening up Education Initiative, the Rethinking Education Strategy, the Youth Opportunities Initiative, and the EU Skills Panorama.
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||SOUNDBITE by Ryan Heath, Spokesperson of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, (in ENGLISH) saying that the EC is launching a coalition for digital skills and jobs; it is a very exciting moment because they are bringing together President Barroso as well as four Commissioners (Neelie Kroes, László Andor, Androulla Vassiliou and Antonio Tajani) and a group of companies; dozens of companies have given some hard commitments, some pledges about what they are going to do to deliver more skills and more jobs across Europe;
saying that what is very interesting is that we know that the digital economy has been growing by about 100.000 jobs a year, and there is virtually no sector that can say that in the European economy at the moment; but what we also know is that by 2015 up to 900.000 vacancies will exist, and that is ridiculous, that is really crazy at a time when you have youth unemployment, about 50% in some European Member States, general unemployment approaching 12%; so more needs to be done to deliver the right training, help people with mobility, make sure their skills get certified so that all of these vacancies can get filled by people who are just entering the job market, young people, people who've lost their jobs because of the crisis; they want to bridge that gap between the digital sector and the unemployment problem;
saying that they've got some very good examples; 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 start-ups between 2013 and 2015 in five different centres across Europe; 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 the EC has been collecting; Neelie Kroes will go to Germany and - with the Chairman of SAP, one of their big software companies, and other companies involved, like Microsoft - will be launching a great academic platform that is helping give tailored training to match very specific job vacancies.