Across the European Union, many employees now find themselves working from home while teachers and students move online. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is having a severe effect on SME owners, the self-employed, teachers, parents and older adults who need to find ways to continue in these challenging times which now relies on the access to and use of digital technologies. Never before have digital skills been so important. Many Coalition members and National Coalitions are already acting by offering free resources or trainings.
We are asking organisations across Europe to join us and help provide these sorely needed digital skills by making a pledge to the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and sharing their initiative across Europe.
- Enable traditional SME owners to manage their businesses and move activities online (e.g. sales)
- Equip SME employees with the tools to meet their new and changing roles
- Supply teleworkers with the best tools to find their new routine
- Provide ICT service specialists with the possibilities to upskill in advanced digital technologies and develop their own opportunities
- Empower the self-employed to uncover new revenue streams
- Reduce the risk of exclusion and loneliness for older adults and other at-risk groups
- Help teachers and parents create new digital resources and utilise digital education platforms
- Support the continued progress of learners from primary and secondary schools
- Create the next generation of coders and makers
Already today, organisations across Europe are mobilising in their thousands to take on this common challenge; maker communities are producing emergency equipment, volunteers are providing digital technology support over the phone to older adults and making platforms and tools available to educators. Pledge today to join the effort and tackle the immediate digital skills needs created by this crisis.
What is a pledge?
Pledges are commitments made by organisations, big and small, from the private, public and third sector, to go above and beyond the normal scope of their activities and make a direct contribution to reducing the digital skills gap Europe faces today.
Pledging organisations send a clear signal of their dedication to equip Europeans – citizens, the labour force and those in the education sector - with the skills they need for life and work in the digital age.
New pledges will join 104 other pledges consisting of over 300 initiatives ranging from organising online workshops, providing training courses or hosting awareness events and competitions. All pledges are visible in the Pledgeviewer.
Anyone wishing to make a pledge can receive personalised support from the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Secretariat.
The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition
The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition is a unique community supported by the European Commission that:
- Enables stakeholders to propose actions, programmes, initiatives to improve the digital skills situation in Europe;
- Offers a platform of exchange to learn from peers and to showcase actions, initiatives developed and their impact;
- Helps to join forces to pave the way for a strong and inclusive digital Europe.
Any such organisation, be it an SME or corporate, an education provider, a social partner, or non-governmental organisation is encouraged to become a member of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition.
Since 2016, members of Coalition have made pledges to tackle the digital skills gap and taken action to provide skills training, job placements, certifications and other activities addressing four target groups: citizens, the labour force, ICT Specialists and digital skills in education. Over 90 organisations from 18 countries have made 104 pledges to date, offering millions of trainings and awareness activities to raise the level of digital skills amongst Europeans.
23 EU countries have already set up National Coalitions, with a further three in preparation, to address digital skills challenges at local level.