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European Platform for Digital Skills and Jobs

The EU is currently facing critical shortages both for basic and advanced digital skills. More than 40% of EU citizens do not have basic digital skills, the number of ICT specialists is not matching the demand, more than 1 million vacancies for digital experts are available in the EU, 53% of companies report difficulties in hiring people with the right digital skills.





This DSI will build upon the development carried out for the Code Week platform. The National Coalitions are present in 23 Member States and have operating national infrastructures where they showcase activities and share training materials, where available.


What is the policy context?

Digital skills development at all levels from basic to advanced ones is needed to allow the take-up of new technologies in the economy, increasing productivity and support growth and at the same time to avoid unnecessary disruptions in the labour market and society. Advanced digital skills are for instance needed for technologies such ashigh-performance computing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, to ensure their wide use and accessibility across the economy and society by businesses and the public sector alike.

The EU has put in place several initiative addressing this challenge, including the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition (from now on the "Coalition") and its national branches. The Coalition is an initiative which brings together Member States, companies, social partners, non-profit organizations and education providers, that take action to tackle the lack of digital skills in Europe. The initiative was launched by the EC on 1 December 2016 in Brussels.

Since its establishment in December 2016, the Coalition has already provided more than 10 million trainings and National Coalitions are present in 23 Member States. All organizations that take actions to boost digital skills in Europe can become members of the Coalition by endorsing the objectives and principles of the Coalition as laid out in the members' Charter. They can also pledge to take action to carry out initiatives to tackle the digital skills gap. Actions range fromtraining unemployed people and giving MOOCs for teachers to giving coding classes for children and innovative training for ICT specialists.



The Coalition tackles the need for digital skills of four broad groups

Digital skills for all

Developing digital skills to enable all citizens to be active in our digital society,


Digital skills for the labour force

Developing digital skills for the digital economy, e.g. upskilling and reskilling workers, jobseekers, actions on career advice and guidance,


Digital skills for ICT professionals

Ddeveloping high level digital skills for ICT professionals in all industry sectors,


Digital skills in education 

Transforming teaching and learning of digital skills in a lifelong learning perspective, including the training of teachers.

What is this DSI?

What is needed now is to build a network of national platforms, to further empower National Coalitions, facilitate community building and making the resources usable throughout the EU. This DSI will support the creation of an EU platform constituting a single point of access to activities for digital skills and enabling collaboration and interoperability among National Coalitions' infrastructures (e.g. websites or portals). It will provide:

  • a repository of existing resources;
  • tools for self-assessment of digital competencies;-non-proprietary MOOCs and other training materials for the acquisition of intermediate and advanced digital competencies;
  • an overview of training and stage opportunities provided by the EU, the Coalition and the National Coalitions, possibly with a match-making mechanism;
  • a search engine for content available in the National Coalitions' infrastructures;
  • a repository of best practices shared by National Coalitions for skills enhancement;
  • an interactive space to discuss and share knowledge, policies and strategies to address digital skills gaps and shortages in the labour market;
  • a collaborative space for further of activities and content

When fully operational, the platform should become self-sustainable by providing digital services to citizens, public authorities and companies. This DSI will be built in two phases.

  • The first phase, starting in 2019, will focus on the development of a core service platform (CSP), which will then be used to network together National Coalitions across the EU. The CSP is an infrastructure aimed at sharing resources, services and practices between National Coalitions. All services will be accessed and delivered either at EU level or via interoperable National Coalitions' infrastructures.
  • The second phase, starting ideally in the second half of 2019, will support the interconnection of National Coalitions’ infrastructures, through a call for Generic Services. Such services will aim at building the interoperable links to the CSP. These links will allow National Coalitions to share their activities and contents, thus making it searchable, accessible, available and usable in the national languages.


The platform will make use of several CEF Building Blocks

eDelivery

Exchange data and documents securely and reliably.

eID

Offer digital services capable of electronically identifying users from all across Europe.


eTranslation

Enable multilingual public services and communication.



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