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Skills & Education

The European Commission encourages the use of IT and the development of IT skills in schools.

Despite the high level of unemployment in Europe, many ICT vacancies cannot be filled. While demand for employees with ICT skills is growing by around 3% a year, the number of graduates from computing sciences fell by 10% between 2006 and 2010. If this trend continues, there could be up to 900,000 unfilled ICT practitioners' vacancies in the EU by 2015.

The EU supports various services to help combat this and ensure that businesses can find the skilled employees they need - read our FAQs.

  • The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs is a multi-stakeholder partnership to tackle the lack of digital skills in Europe and the several hundred of thousands of unfilled ICT-related vacancies.
  • We encourage the use of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) focused on web skills by establishing creation of a network of universities and business schools in Europe interested in developing MOOCs for web talent.
  • The Startup Europe Roadshow will allow aspiring entrepreneurs to learn and be mentored by young ICT entrepreneurs.
  • The EU Code Week initiative is supported by the Vice President Kroes Young Advisors, which promotes coding skills for jobs, creativity and fun. Read more about our education initiatives, especially about Opening up Education program.
  • We work with companies that will innovate in education via the Open Education Challenge.