Filling gaps in e-skills and education for digital jobs
At the launch of a new partnership to address a lack of ITC skills and the hundreds of thousands of unfilled ITC-related jobs, President Barroso stressed the job potential of the ITC sector for Europe. He reiterated that tackling high unemployment is the Commission's top priority.
A Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs was launched on Monday, following identification by the Commission's Digital Agenda for Europe of the lack of e-skills to pursue today's rapid technological changes. This new multi-stakeholder partnership has a mandate until 2015.
"Studies have also shown that ICT-related occupations are much more resistant to crisis than most other jobs. This clearly means that e-skills are definitely key in reducing the risk of unemployment including for senior workers. More and better qualified ICT practitioners, researchers, entrepreneurs, managers and users are needed and will increasingly be needed," said President Barroso in his speech at the launch and noted that the latest study shows that Europe faces up to 900,000 unfilled ICT jobs.
"In a nutshell, a multi-stakeholder partnership approach is the right way to develop a skills agenda in a targeted, innovative and sustainable way," said President Barroso.
The President also talked about the activities and initiatives with which the Commission is actively fighting against unemployment: the EU's growth agenda – the Europe 2020 strategy; the Employment Package; the Multiannual Financial Framework; the Youth Employment Initiative; and the Commission's Digital Agenda. He stressed that "e-skills are definitely key in reducing the risk of unemployment including for senior workers."