The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition conference took place in Brussels on 7 December 2017. Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, outlined her vision for future digital skills policy in Europe, launched the Digital Opportunity scheme for traineeships in digital and awarded the European Digital Skills Awards 2017 to five outstanding projects that have boosted the digital skills of Europeans. Read the report here.

photo of Commissioner Gabriel speaking at the Digital Skills and Jobs Conference 7 December 2017

The Commissioner also shared the achievements of the Coalition in its first year – providing millions of digital skills training and digital skills certificates to Europeans as well as internships, job placements and risen awareness about the digital skills gap.

The Digital Skills and Jobs conference included two plenary panels on investments in digital skills and skills needed for the future and three workshops on digital skills for citizens, small and medium sized enterprises and for education. 
The conference also staged an exhibition where winners and runners-up of the European Digital Skills Awards, as well as other digital skills best-practices by pledgers to the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, were displayed.  


In total 357 participants took part in the conference. 56% of the participants were women and 44% men. Participants came from 40 countries with 43% coming from Belgium, France (5%), Italy and Ireland (4%), Spain, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Romania (3%) and Greece, Portugal and the United Kingdom (2%). The conference plenary sessions were available through web streaming and have been recorded.


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