Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs launched by the European Commission
Yesterday, Commission President José Manuel Barroso called on Europe’s digital businesses, governments, training and education sectors to join a Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs to address up to 900 000 job vacancies expected to exist in Europe in Information and Communication technologies (ICT) by 2015. Despite the current levels of unemployment, the number of digital jobs is growing by more than 100 000 per year. Yet the number of fresh ICT graduates and skilled ICT workers is not keeping up.
Vice-Presidents Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda) and Antonio Tajani (Industry and Entrepreneurship) and Commission members László Andor (Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) and Androulla Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth) also attended the launch of the Grand Coalition.
The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs builds on the groundwork laid by Vice President Kroes in collecting initial pledges on new jobs, internships, training places, start-up funding, free online university courses and more from technology companies, governments, educators, social partners, employment service providers and civil society organisations at the [ http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-52_en.htm ]World Economic Forum in Davos.
The Commission has sought pledges in the following key areas:
– Training and matching for digital jobs – to help ensure the skills people are getting are the skills business needs;
– Mobility – helping those with skills get to the place where they’re needed, to avoid shortages and surpluses in different towns and cities;
– Certification – making it easier to prove to an employer what skills one has, regardless of the country;
– Awareness raising – so that people know the digital sector offers rewarding and enjoyable careers to both women and men;
– Innovative learning and teaching – so that education and training systems expand and improve to give more people the skills for success.
Initial commitments from stakeholders have been endorsed with over 15 companies and organisations signing up to the Grand Coalition. Among the first pledges to come to life is a new online learning platform for young people called the [ http://academy-cube.com ]Academy Cube and a new training module for energy smart grid installers.
Pledges can be entered via e-mail, ideally using the [ http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/document.cfm?doc_id=1740 ]pledge form, to CNECT-GRANDCOALITION@ec.europa.eu .
Pledges should concern activities starting before the end of 2013. After the March launch, the next milestone for taking stock is 31 May 2013. The pledges will be presented at the Digital Agenda Assembly in Dublin on 19-20 June 2013.