Since the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition launched their call for pledges at the beginning of April, they have received a remarkable response with over 70 new pledges being submitted in a short period.

Call for pledges

The commitments received from organisations across Europe aim to address the needs of students, teachers, suspended workers, SMEs and seniors.

Digital skills in the time of COVID-19

All the pledges directly related to the COVID-19 crisis, along with a 120 more, can be viewed on the Pledge Viewer. Join in with other organisations and make a difference today with your own pledge for digital skills in Europe.

Here we provide a small sample of such initiatives which highlight the contribution to the surging need for digital skills and digital solutions in the current circumstances:

Seniors at home become digital (Grey Panthers, Italy)

The Grey Panthers magazine has launched weekly remote sessions providing training and information on digital services such as the regional e-health platforms, online security and privacy, creation of an online social life, among others. The pledge aims to reach 500 seniors in Italy over the age 55.

Digital for Youth (Close the Gap & DNS Belgium, Belgium)

The Digital for Youth initiative, a collaboration between Close the Gap and DNS Belgium, aimed at providing 1,000 laptops annually to children from disadvantaged backgrounds, overcoming a key barrier to the development and implementation of digital skills. In response to COVID-19, they have pledged to increase this target to 10,000 to ensure that all can participate in digital education.

e-Learning for CompTIA IT Fundamentals (CompTIA, EU Member States)

CompTIA offers online training opportunities and other resources for displaced workers (Covid-19), students, career changers by making available its online courses to support 16,000 people reskill for a career in IT through certified digital skills.

COVID-19: Training for teachers (Headstart Technology, Malta)

Headstart Technology is committed to providing training to 3,500 teachers in digital education technologies across Malta to support the transition of learning online.

#StayAtHome Coding Camp (Green Fox Academy, Czechia, Hungary)

The Green Fox Academy is providing 400 people / workers with a free training course in HTML, CSS, Git, Github and JavaScript Foundations digital skills to be able to create a simple website and a web application at the end of the course.

#Actingwithcare Remote Coding Workshop (Liberty Global, Poland)

Liberty Global will give access to 400 primary school students to 90-minute remote coding workshops based on Scratch with a focus on social impact.

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 add to 136 other pledges consisting of over 395 initiatives ranging from organising online workshops, providing training courses or hosting awareness events and competitions. All pledges can be consulted in the Pledge Viewer.

Anyone wishing to make a pledge can receive personalised support from the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Secretariat.