Why get involved?
A massive effort is needed to upskill and reskill the labour force as well as the population at large so that everyone can benefit from the digital transformation that is taking place. The digital skills challenges cannot be tackled by any single Member State, or by any actor alone. Tackling the digital skills gap requires strong cross-European and national partnerships, adequate policies and appropriate funding. Read more about why you should get involved in our Value proposition.
How to join
All organisations, groups or government bodies who take action to boost digital skills in Europe can become members of the Coalition by endorsing the objectives and principles of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Charter. Members receive a badge that can be used for marketing and to show their support for the Coalition and the principles of the Charter. In February 2017 there were around 70 members.
Members are encouraged to make pledges for action targeting citizens, the labour force, ICT professionals and/or the education system. Digital Skills and Job Coalition pledges are concrete commitments to address the digital skills gap.
Businesses, organisations, education providers, social partners as well as national, regional and local governments can form local or national digital skills and jobs coalitions – or join existing ones.
The Coalition also shares best practices that can be replicated and scaled up across Europe. In December 2016, 16 finalists were selected and four outstanding projects were awarded the first European Digital Skills Awards.
Get in touch
The Secretariat of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition – led by DigitalEurope, European Schoolnet and Telecentre Europe – can help you to set up your initiative, connect you with potential partners and projects in other sectors, or advise you how to set up new National Coalitions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Who can join the Coalition?
- Any public or private organisation, including governments (EU Member States, EFTA, neighbouring and candidate countries), who can support the objectives of the charter.
- What is the role of a member and what does it entail?
- Members are organisations who are encouraged to support the objectives and actions of the Coalition as outlined in the Charter. By endorsing the Charter you agree in principle with the actions listed in the Charter but you do not commit to support all of them. You are encouraged to take concrete actions according to your interests and capability. The membership will allow your organisation's logo to be placed on Coalition related communications. Each member will receive a member badge that will be sent to you once your membership request is approved. As a member you will receive information about activities and invitations to meetings related to the work of the Coalition. Moreover your organisation may be consulted when relevant to contribute to the shaping of the Coalition roadmap.
- What is the role of a pledger and what does it entail?
- Pledgers are Coalition members who submitted one (or more) pledge(s). A pledge is a concrete commitment to carry out an action to reduce the digital skills gap in Europe, addressing one of the identified challenges/actions mentioned in the Members Charter. Members propose their initiatives by filling in the pledge template above. As a pledger you will receive a pledger badge that will be sent to you once your pledge is approved. You will also be informed about activities and be invited to meetings related to the work of the Coalition. Pledgers will be involved in the shaping of the Coalition roadmap and will be assisted by the Secretariat to support the progress of their pledge.
- How can I use the badges for communication purposes?
- You can use these badges to show commitment and participation to the Coalition and your support to the objectives and principles of the Charter. You can add the badge on your organisation’s website, social media, print materials etc.
- Are all members expected to become pledgers?
- No. Although we encourage all members to take a more active role within the Coalition and develop concrete actions, pledges are not compulsory.
- We made a pledge. Do we have to endorse the charter as well?
- Once your pledge is approved you become a member of the coalition and are assumed to endorse the charter.
- Can I withdraw my membership and have my logo removed?
- Yes, your membership can be withdrawn upon contacting the Secretariat. In this event your organisation logo will be removed in due time