There are so many ways in which we can foster digital skills among EU citizens. Nine model projects have been identified as inspiration for other similar initiatives to promote digital skills across Europe.

The European Commission, with the contribution of the Digital Champions, has identified some great projects that could be an inspiration for other similar initiatives, that could also be supported by the European Social Fund.

It is important that we share information on the many good practices across Europe, to see what is working well in one country and replicate it in others, adapting to the specific local needs and demands.

These nine projects are good examples of the creativity, passion and hard work of so many individuals and organisations to provide the digital skills necessary to create a digital Europe.

Model Projects:

  • Graphic of IT for SHE project

    IT for SHE

    The IT for SHE project in Poland encourages and trains women for digital-age careers – helping them find work in a traditionally male-dominated sector.

  • Graphic of Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce project

    Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce

    The Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce – Unioncamere – has launched an e-Gov training and certification scheme for staff at local chambers of commerce. This scheme develops employees’ ability to plan, develop and operate electronic services, for simpler, more open interaction with the businesses they serve.

  • Graphic of Digilyftet project


    Sweden’s Digilyftet pilot project has helped small and medium-sized industrial sector companies overcome the significant barriers to using digital technologies – a means to become more competitive and grow their operations.

  • Graphic of Make IT Work project

    Make IT Work

    The Make IT Work programme in the Netherlands is training non-IT university graduates for new careers in IT. In parallel, employers participating in the fast-track training partnerships gain access to the high-quality specialists they need to provide services and grow.

  • Graphic of Biblionet project


    The Biblionet project has turned public libraries throughout Romania into digital hubs for local communities. The project installed technology into libraries and trained librarians to provide ICT-based services. Libraries now contribute to Romania’s digital development while introducing more people to the benefits of technology.

  • Graphic of School of Data project

    School of Data

    School of Data is a global network of individuals and organisations who train civil society, journalists and citizens with the skills they need to use data effectively.

  • Graphic of Refugeeks project


    The Refugeeks program in France provides specially-adapted web developer training to help refugees find a job and integrate into society. For employers, the program relieves the shortage of website developers.

  • Graphic of Rails Girls Sofia project

    Rails Girls Sofia

    Rails Girls Sofia is making technology more approachable for women in Bulgaria. The organisation provides a community, free workshops and study groups where women and girls can learn the basics of web programming and develop their projects.

  • Graphic of MediaMasters project


    In a society where online media is a dominant force in our lives, children need to learn how to use such tools responsibly. The Netherlands’ MediaMasters project has created a game that introduces young people to digital skills – while having fun.