A strong digital economy is vital for innovation, growth, jobs and European competitiveness. The spread of digital is having a massive impact on the labour market and the type of skills needed in the economy and society.
The full potential for improving education through ICT in Europe remains yet to be discovered and this is why the European Commission is developing policy and supporting research to make learners fit for 21st century life and work.
On 10 June 2016 the European Commission published a new Skills Agenda for Europe, working together to strengthen human capital, employability and competitiveness. It presents a number of actions and initiatives with the ambition to tackle the digital skills deficit in Europe.
The new agenda sets out to improve the quality and relevance of skills formation, to make skills and qualifications more visible and comparable and advancing skills intelligence, documentation and informed career choices. Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition is the new flag ship initiative among a number of other initiatives that were presented.
On 18 April 2016 the European Commission published a Communication on Digitising European Industry, which introduced a set of coherent policy measures as part of a Digital Single Market (DSM) technologies and public services modernisation package. A part of the Communication is dedicated on digital skills. In particular, it calls for a human capital ready for the digital transformation with the necessary skills.
The digital transformation is structurally changing the labour market and the nature of work. There are concerns that these changes may affect employment conditions, levels and income distribution. Alongside investment in technology, we need investment in skills and knowledge, to be ready for the future. The need for new multidisciplinary digital skills is exploding.
Together with all stakeholders, such as Member States, industry, social partners and education and training providers, the Commission will: