On 3 May 2018 the Swedish National Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition was launched at the IT and Telecom Industries office in Stockholm. The Coalition will work on actions such as developing public sector leadership skills, implementing the national strategy for the digitalization of the school system, raising interest in IT among young people and women, skills uptake and life-long learning as well as immigration and integration and digitalized society available and usable for all citizens.

Group picture of the organisations who form the Swedish Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition

The Swedish Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition is made up by the Government’s Digitalisation Council (Digitaliseringsrådet), Swedsoft, the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket), the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (Sveriges kommuner och landsting, SKL), The Association of Swedish Engineering Industries (Teknikföretagen) and The Internet Foundation in Sweden (Internetstiftelsen i Sverige) and the Swedish IT and Telcom Industries who will serve as contact point.

This means there are now 19 national Digital Skills and Jobs Coalitions in Europe.

The most important driving force behind the Coalition's objectives is the Swedish Government's digital policy strategy, presented in May 2017. The strategy outlines the focus of the Government's digital policy, in order to contribute to competitiveness, full employment and an economic, social and environmentally sustainable development. The objective is to make Sweden the world leader in harnessing the opportunities of digital transformation. To achieve the overall objective, five goals have been set: digital skills, digital security, digital innovation, digital leadership and digital infrastructure. 

The Swedish Coalition will lead various actions related to:

•    public sector leadership skills, 
•    the implementation of the Government’s national strategy for the digitalization of the school system, 
•    raising interest in IT among young people and women, 
•    skills uptake and life-long learning,
•    immigration and integration and digitalized society available and usable for all citizens. 

Concretely, the Coalition will for example promote the image of women in IT in stock photos, run a pilot project where a number of universities carry out short time university courses to reskill professionals as well as launch an open digital platform that offers complete lessons in digital skills and programming for elementary school. 
The Coalition partners are also particularly interested in supporting migration and integration of third country nationals. During the launch there were presentations on cooperation with Indian education organisations for developing IT competences and finding suitable candidates for the Swedish IT industry as well as training immigrants to work in the IT industry in Sweden.