Over the past two years, the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition has grown into a large multi-stakeholder partnership with more than 400 members and 23 National Skills Coalitions. To enable better information exchange, networking and interaction, stakeholders and National Coalitions suggested setting up a one-stop-shop for digital skills in the form of a web portal.

Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition stand at ICT2018 in Vienna

Based on the needs of the Coalition members and a survey of National Coalitions, the Commission services have prepared a first set of plans for such a portal. The Governing Board of the Coalition met in Brussels on the 21st of March 2019 to discuss and endorse the plans for the portal which should bring stakeholders together to improve digital skills in Europe. 

A Connecting Europe Facility call for proposals, open to National Digital Skills and Jobs Coalitions, will be launched in the 3rd quarter of 2019 to support national links to the Digital Skills and Jobs portal. It should help stakeholders to connect and to share expertise as well as best practices and training resources to take meaningful actions to bridge the digital skills gap in Europe.

The European executive agency INEA will manage the call. It plans to assign an overall amount of 1 million EUR in grants to multiple beneficiaries in this first call. Project applicants will need to ensure a certain amount of co-financing for their projects and will need approval by their Member State government, according to Connecting Europe Facility rules.