Europe is facing a radical digital transformation of our society and economy. Already 90% of all jobs require at least some level of digital skills. Despite high level of youth unemployment, there are two million job vacancies in Europe many in new digital fields. Training and re-skilling young people to prepare them for the job market are more necessary than ever.
Many initiatives at regional or local level are tested but we need to scale up those that work and develop new projects based on successful examples to provide people with the skills they need for new jobs. The European Week of regions and cities workshop will present innovative approaches mobilising actors that offer pragmatic solutions to address the digital skills gap faced across Europe:
- Simplon.co will present the initiative "Just code it" implemented in Region Île-de-France and addressing young people who are not in education, employment, or training (NEETs) to train them in digital skills in view of future jobs
- The Croatian Academic and Research Network – CARNet will present the eSchool project preparing young people for their future employability.
- The Basque Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs 4.0 will present their strategy to reinforce the digital competences among different actors (i.e. workers, employers) of the Basque ecosystem 4.0.
- The region of Emilia-Romagna will present a project identifying specific skills and re-skilling of the workforce in connection with their digital territorial strategy.
- EU, national, regional and local policy/decision makers
- Authorities managing and evaluating cohesion policy programmes and projects
- Other stakeholders: private companies, financial institutions, European and national associations.
The workshop is organised under the umbrella of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, which brings together Member States, company, social partners, non-profit organisations and education providers who take action to tackle the digital skills gap faced across Europe. To respond to this challenge, education and training need to become a joint responsibility between employers, employees, educators and policy makers at local and national level. It requires training programs adapted to the need of the market. Digital technologies have a massive impact not only on the labour market but also on the type of skills needed in the society. Workers are expected to adapt, to change not just jobs but sometimes careers, to pick up new skills when necessary.