The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition is coordinating sessions with the National Coalitions and their members to identify and share good practices in meeting the sudden demand for digital skills.

Throughout the current crisis precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic, the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition organises thematic webinars with National Coalitions and their members who highlight their challenges, solutions and experiences in response to the sudden need for digital skills among Europeans. Each webinar centres on a specific topic related to the new challenges facing stakeholders such as SMEs, businesses and schools.

A list of compiled resources from the National Coalitions is being made available and will be regularly updated after each webinar.

Webinars

4th Webinar: Inclusion and solidarity, 18 May 2020

Watch the recording on Youtube.

Speakers:

  • Viola Pinzi, European Digital Academy (presentation)
  • Annika Ostergren and Silvia Merisio, Updates from the European Commission - EU Code Week and CEF call for Master courses in AI (presentation)
  • Jurgita Vasilavičiūtė-Garunkštienė, Connected Lithuania (presentation)
  • Resa Koleva-Demonty, How can the European Structural Funds can help? (presentation)
  • Panel debate with: Saskia van Uffelen (presentation on PC Solidarity from Belgium), Valentin Negoita (presentation on IT4Kids rural from Romania) and Jana Novohradska (Slovakia)

3rd Webinar: Advanced digital skills and digital experts, 30 April 2020

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The focus of the third webinar with the National Coalitions was on the role of the digital experts and the promotion of advanced digital skills. Participants were first able to meet the Italian national coalition – the 24th and latest to be established. Then they heard about two specific actions from Italy and Ireland related to the development advanced skills like AI and Cybersecurity across the workforce and education. The session finished with a discussion around the creation of a targeted AI course – Elements of AI - which has already reached 400,000 people and aims to grow and evolve with partners across Europe.

Key takeaways:

  • As EU Member States seek to lessen the restrictions proportionally, we must be prepared for the challenges in skills mismatches created during the hard recovery.
  • The Italian National Coalition aims to increase opportunities for people to find a job and to allow everyone to be ready for the digital era.
  • AI and other advanced digital skills require a full spectrum approach, introducing the elements at the primary school level working towards life-long learning.
  • Advanced digital skills training works best in response to and collaboration with enterprise and industry demand.
  • Adaptations of programmes to more digital formats during the COVID19 crisis is seeing results and facilitating nationwide engagement not possible through physical events.
  • Skills like AI are built up from the basics, spreading the knowledge and demystifying the concepts is the first step in ensuring the upskilling of the population and growing the strength of the labour force in this area.

Speakers:

2nd Webinar: Companies, organisations and employees, 7 April 2020

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Centring on the theme of the changing environment of work and the impact on companies and their employees, the speakers brought diverse aspects to the session. Participants were able to hear about initiatives for encouraging companies and communities to promote remote working, how the IT community has come together to support the donation and distribution of old devices to school children, SMEs standing up to provide solutions to the current crisis and how Digital Innovation Hubs can be the catalyst for digitising in these times.

Key takeaways:

  • Remote work is a full-time and salaried role but require companies to have the culture, technology and policies in place to make it happen successfully.
  • While many training providers and governments are making huge strides in supporting online training and education, physical barriers to digital skills use exist.
  • Digital SMEs are both beneficiaries and providers of solutions tackling the new world of work.

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1st Webinar: Digital solutions for education, 25 March 2020

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