The EU does a lot to enhance digital skills in Europe: from Digital Opportunity Traineeships to the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. Visit the EU stand at the Web Summit in Lisbon to learn more.

It has been a pretty busy and successful period for European digital skills initiatives helping people to achieve new skills in the digital sector.

EU Code Week broke any previous record, reaching the stunning number of 41,000 events taking place in 72 countries. The Digital Skills and Jobs coalition announced that its members offered 10,9 million people a chance to improve their digital skills. It has also outlined bold priorities for the coming months. And students have begun the first Digital Opportunity traineeships.

It is exciting to see that people, organisations and companies in Europe understand the challenges of the digital transformation and take concrete actions to be up to speed with the change. It is refreshing to see that thousands of Europeans take IT courses, participate to coding workshops, gain new skills as trainees in digital companies. Also, companies and businesses offer trainings to achieve new digital skills to their employees, and the members of the Digital Skills and Jobs coalition increase with a steady pace, setting the example for others to follow.

But we need to be more bold and step up our efforts. New technologies like artificial intelligence, high performance computing or data analytics will dramatically change the way we work and live, and possessing just basic digital skills will not be enough.  The Commission has recently proposed to invest 700 million EUR in advanced digital skills, which will give Europeans the tools to take up the opportunities available in the fields of supercomputing, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

Only by creating expertise and deep knowledge of advanced technologies today will Europe be successful in the future.

The EU at the Web Summit

Our presence at the Web Summit is important. The Web Summit is a key event for Europe’s tech community and we want to make it clear that the EU is here to help. We need to show to small tech companies and startups what programmes and initiatives are available for them, and raise awareness to make sure that their employees have the right set of skills to face the future digital challenges.

Come and visit us at the European Commission’s stand at the Web Summit. We will be there to explain and answer your questions on how to get involved in European digital skills initiatives.