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Grand Coalition - Pledge of Digital Skills Academy

Reskill 20,000 jobseekers by 2016 in Ireland and other EU countries experiencing high youth unemployment rates, including Spain, Portugal and Greece.

Digital Skills Academy pledges to increase the number of digitally-skilled employees in Europe, and to help tackle youth unemployment, by reskilling 20,000 jobseekers by 2016 in Ireland and other European countries experiencing high youth unemployment rates, including Spain, Portugal and Greece.

This will be achieved through the delivery of Digital Skills Academy's innovative, industry-linked digital technology programmes, which have proven capabilities to deliver high employment outcomes for participants while simultaneously boosting the digital capabilities of partner companies.

Digital Skills Academy's digital technology programmes focus on developing talent for the 21st century workplace by equipping jobseekers with the in-demand skills now sought by employers. The Academy's programmes are closely aligned to industry, which not only ensures the skills the participants learn are relevant to the digital workplace, but also provide them with opportunities to develop real world digital projects which have direct employment opportunities.

For countries where youth unemployment is high despite having a relatively well-educated youth population, the programmes stimulate conditions to support entrepreneurship among participants and to boost the digital capabilities of small and medium sized businesses. Web-savvy businesses are known to grow twice as fast, export twice as much and create twice as many jobs as those without or with a limited web presence.

Partners: To provide the participants with challenging, real world projects and direct employment opportunities, over seventy leading multi-national and indigenous Irish companies, along with over 1,000 small and medium sized businesses, have partnered with the Academy's digital technology programmes in Ireland. The programmes are also supported and funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund.

To deliver programmes outside Ireland, Digital Skills Academy is actively engaging industry partners across Europe and enlisting the support of European Government agencies to help bring their successful model of reskilling jobseekers to become the digital employees and the digital entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

Contact Person: Paul Dunne | CEO of Digital Skills Academy, The Digital Hub, Dublin 8, Ireland | paul@digitalskillsacademy.com

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