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Digital skills in Europe –
Reflections on current challenges
and solutions

Alexander Riedl
European Commission
DG Communi...
Challenges

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Numbers (a few)

9
source: eurostat

10
ICT Workforce Growth in Europe

Demand up
+retirement up
+new graduates flat
= lack of ICT skills supply
Towards a Digital Economy

Importance of Policy Initiatives on e-Skills
Solutions

13
The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs
• Europe does not have enough ICT experts and up to
900,000 jobs could go unfilled in...
Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs clusters

New approaches to learning and education
Raising awareness
ICT training
Mobilit...
New approaches to learning

16
Raising awareness

17
ICT training

18
Mobility

19
Certification: eCompetence Framework

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National Coalitions are emerging in
many European countries

Dark blue: launched
Light blue: in preparation
21
…and finally

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What YOU can do:
 Forecast needs and emerging new profiles (big
data specialists, etc.) and what training is needed, and
...
What you can do:
 Better forecast needs and emerging new profiles
(data specialists, etc.) and feed this information to
e...
Thank you!
alexander.riedl@ec.europa.eu
• Follow @eSkillsGrowthEU
• Join the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs on
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Presentation by Alexander Riedl (Deputy Head of unit, Knowledge Base, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission) on the occasion of the EESC Labour Market Observatory conference held on 3 December 2013 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

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  • ¨My objective today is to present some of the challenges linked to digital skills in Europe and to mention a few solutions.
    I also hope that we can engage in a lively discussion and to convince you to support the objectives of the Grand Coallition for digital jobs, through your organisation and your networks.
  • Digital Agenda Scoreboard – keep open.
  • Examples 2 pledges CISCO, Yourock employa
  • Xavier Niels; Opening up education
  • Examples 2 pledges CISCO, Yourock employa
  • Examples 2 pledges CISCO, Yourock employa
  • The e-CF is a reference framework of 36 ICT competences that can be used and understood by ICT user and supply companies, the public sector, educational and social partners across Europe. The European e-CF is not based on job profiles but rather on competences as this approach is more flexible. Its purpose is to provide general and comprehensive e-Competences that can then be adapted and customised into different ICT business contexts.The 36 competences of the framework are classified according to five main ICT business areas and link directly to the European Qualifications Framework
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    1. 1. Digital skills in Europe – Reflections on current challenges and solutions Alexander Riedl European Commission DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology
    2. 2. Challenges 2
    3. 3. 3
    4. 4. 4
    5. 5. 5
    6. 6. 6
    7. 7. 7
    8. 8. 8
    9. 9. Numbers (a few) 9
    10. 10. source: eurostat 10
    11. 11. ICT Workforce Growth in Europe Demand up +retirement up +new graduates flat = lack of ICT skills supply
    12. 12. Towards a Digital Economy Importance of Policy Initiatives on e-Skills
    13. 13. Solutions 13
    14. 14. The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs • Europe does not have enough ICT experts and up to 900,000 jobs could go unfilled in the next years • Grand Coalition officially launched in March 2013 by President Barroso to tackle the "digital skills gap", created awareness and political momentum • So far 42 "pledges" received, i.e. self-commitments by companies, universities, and other stakeholders to tackle mismatch • National Coalitions for Digital Jobs emerging in over 10 countries 14
    15. 15. Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs clusters New approaches to learning and education Raising awareness ICT training Mobility Certification 15
    16. 16. New approaches to learning 16
    17. 17. Raising awareness 17
    18. 18. ICT training 18
    19. 19. Mobility 19
    20. 20. Certification: eCompetence Framework 20
    21. 21. National Coalitions are emerging in many European countries Dark blue: launched Light blue: in preparation 21
    22. 22. …and finally 22
    23. 23. What YOU can do:  Forecast needs and emerging new profiles (big data specialists, etc.) and what training is needed, and feed-back this information to educational and training organisations  Support the Grand Coalition: talk about it to your networks and stakeholders, get in touch with us  Every person, every organisation can make a difference, train people, provide internships or support events for awareness-raising, coding or learning: what can YOU do to bridge the skills gap? 23
    24. 24. What you can do:  Better forecast needs and emerging new profiles (data specialists, etc.) and feed this information to educational and training organisations  Support the Grand Coalition: talk about it to your networks and stakeholders, get in touch with us  Every person, every organisation can make a difference, train people, provide internships or support events for awareness-raising, coding or learning: what can you do to bridge the skills gap? 24
    25. 25. Thank you! alexander.riedl@ec.europa.eu • Follow @eSkillsGrowthEU • Join the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs on LinkedIn All images in this presentation are used purely for illustrative purposes, courtesy of the respective rightholders
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