One of the primary goals of the Grand Coalition is to facilitate high-impact actions at a local level. The European Commission encourages Member States to create National Coalitions for Digital Jobs. The National Coalitions will mobilise constituencies and stakeholders to collaborate in areas such as industry-led training, certifying skills, improving school and university curricula, and raising awareness about ICT careers, especially among young people and women.
A national coalition is a reflection of the Grand Coalition at a State level. In general, it is composed of a number of relevant national stakeholders, such as ICT and non-ICT companies, education and training providers, education and employment ministries, public and private employment services, associations, NGOs, and social partners.
National coalitions have already been launched and endorsed by the Commission in Bulgaria, Greece, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania. A number of grassroots coalitions are in development in Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Spain, Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, and the Basque Country.
How are we doing?
The online Pledge Tracker shows the progress made by the National Coalitions.
Note: the information is provided by the National Coalitions themselves.
Key Principles for National Coalitions
The shortage of ICT specialists is a problem for the European economy as a whole. Nevertheless, given the diversity of educational systems and labour market conditions, each Member State faces a set of specific challenges. It is up to national coalitions to define the most effective actions which can be undertaken in their respective countries to address the shortage of ICT specialists. Some Key Principles should be addressed as widely as possible across Europe.
We welcome suggestions from stakeholders on the Key Principles. Please add your comments here below, or contact us.