• DIGITALEUROPE’s DG led a discussion on digital skills for labour market at the Digital Assembly

    6 July 2018On 26 June, Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, moderated a panel on ‘Digital skills for labour market inclusion: reskilling of the labour force and jobs for young people’ at the Digital Assembly in Sofia, Bulgaria.

    Cecilia opened the panel by reminding the public that digital skills are of critical importance for all Europeans. Every citizen needs at least basic digital skills to live, work, learn and participate in a modern society. People with strong digital skills play a vital role in making Europe an innovative and competitive environment. 

    According to Eurostat in 2017 around 35% of the EU labour force did not have at least basic digital skills. Only one in five of companies in 2016 reported having provided training to develop or upgrade the ICT skills of their personnel. The era of employment for life is long over. Today, the average person changes jobs 12 times during his or her career.

    Cecilia invited the panellist to share their views and best practices on how to support a labour market that is more inclusive. Fredrik von Essen from IT and Telecom Industries  in Sweden, underlined that the lifelong learning concept should be a natural part of personnel management. Lie Junius, representing Google Brussels explained the importance of partnerships in providing training programmes to reach people of all ages and backgrounds. Jens Harde described Arconic’s successful experience with digital transformation thanks to involving employees in the process. Sasha Bezuhanova, Founder of MOVE.BG and EDIT network shared her experience with knowledge transfer and teacher’s training. All panellists agreed that Europe needs to invest in digital skills for the upskilling and reskilling of the workforce to prevent the rise of a digital divide in the labour market and to provide people with strong employment chances.

    On 25 June, as a member of the Governing Board of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, Cecilia met with Commissioner Mariya Gabriel. The board members presented their suggestions for the future of the Coalition, materialised in an Action Plan covering nine ideas, including: the empowerment of the National Coalitions; the promotion of digital skills across sectors; and the better use of EU funds. Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl thanked the Commissioner for her leadership in boosting digital skills in Europe.

    Watch the panel ‘Digital skills for labour market inclusion: reskilling of the labour force and jobs for young people’ at the Digital Assembly: http://bit.ly/LiveDigSk  

    for more information, contact:

      Katarzyna Koziol
    Project Policy Manager


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