The digital transformation means that, already today, 90% of jobs require workers to have digital skills. This also includes jobs in traditional industries being transformed by digital technology such as banking, healthcare, construction, farming and textiles. Furthermore, two thirds of companies anticipate that the use of digital technologies will only continue to grow in the future.
Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for The Digital Economy and Society, said: "Digitisation is transforming the way we work and live. It leads to the creation of new jobs, requiring new digital skills. Most of the time, however, it makes traditional jobs more digital, requiring all workers to develop or improve their digital skills. We have to be active and to prepare ourselves for the requirements of the work of the future".
Over the last five years, 68% of European companies invested in ICT mainly to improve business efficiency. At the same time, 88% had not taken any action to tackle the lack of digital skills of employees in their workplaces. This has a negative impact on the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses.
Help workers get more tech savvy!
In order to bring attention to these matters and encourage solutions, the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition has opened a call for pledges specifically addressing re-skilling and upskilling workers outside of the ICT-sector e.g. – banks, health care, manufacturing, transport, teaching, farming, etc.
Organisations wishing to pledge could focus on undertaking the following activities:
- Upskilling or re-skilling the workforce by providing on-the-job training or by training providers;
- Raising awareness about the importance of equipping European workers with digital skills, across sectors;
- Partnerships between training providers and companies or organisations from ICT-intensive sectors.
How to pledge?
Your organisation should first become a member of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and, successively, make a pledge for action by the end of May 2018. Pledges could be made by individual organisations or companies or can be collective pledges made by different organisations. The Secretariat of the Coalition will support pledgers in facilitating collaborations or scaling up actions.
What's in it for you?
As a member of the Coalition you are part of a broad network of organisations who work to tackle the digital skills gap in Europe. Together, we try to ensure that there are more qualified graduates with digital skills through for example the Digital Opportunity Traineeships programme. The Coalition also facilitates communication between stakeholders and help members share best practices. The goal is to have larger number of skilled, tech-savvy people, which will support the European growth.
Moreover, having the right people with the right skills means your organisation can increase productivity and innovation. It will make your company more able to deliver innovative and value-adding digital products and services.
More information can be found in the leaflet on Digital skills for the digital economy.