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BDV Skills Accreditation - Future of digital skills in Europe reskilling and upskilling through partnerships



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The objective of the workshop is to highlight the need for a pan European level skill recognition for Big Data that stimulates mobility and fulfils the definition of overarching Learning Objectives & Overarching Learning Impacts. It is also meant to get feedback on the formats that are being prepared namely, usage of Badges, Label and EIT Label for professionals.

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BDV Skills Accreditation - Future of digital skills in Europe reskilling and upskilling through partnerships

  1. 1. Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Future of digital skills in Europe: reskilling and upskilling through partnerships Christine Simon European Commission, DG Connect Big Data Skills Accreditation Workshop 17th September 2020
  2. 2. ▪ The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition - a unique community supported by the European Commission since 2016; ▪ Working to reduce the digital skills gap in Europe; ▪ A platform of exchange and learning to showcase actions and initiatives as well as their impact. The Coalition
  3. 3. ▪ The DSJC enables organisations concerned by the digital skills gap to be proactive and propose actions, programmes, initiatives to contribute to the digital transformation of Europeans ▪ 25 National Coalitions ▪ A community of 513 organisations ▪ The activities of the DSJC focus around 4 key target groups The Coalition activities
  4. 4. DESI 2020 - ICT specialists • Employed ICT specialists in the EU: 3.9% of total employment (ICT specialists is a broad definition including jobs like ICT service managers, ICT professionals, ICT technicians, ICT installers and servicers) • Shortage of ICT specialists on the labour market: 64% of large enterprises and 56% of SMEs that recruited ICT specialists during 2018, reported that vacancies for ICT specialists are hard to fill
  5. 5. European Strategy for Data ▪ Big data and analytics are top of the list of critical skills shortages. In 2017, approximately 496 000 unfilled positions in the area of big data; ▪ General data literacy in the workforce and across the population is relatively low; ▪ if not addressed, the shortage in data experts and the lack of data literacy will affect the EU’s capacity to master the challenges of the data economy and society. • Aims at creating a single market for data; • Common European data spaces will ensure that more data becomes available for use in the economy and society
  6. 6. Digital Europe Programme Advanced digital skills High performance computing Cybersecurity & trust Artificial intelligence Digital transformation and interoperability EC proposal: budget EUR 9.2 billion (2021-2027) Gains from common EU investments in digital technologies will only materialise if there is a sufficient number of skilled people to develop, roll-out and use these new technologies. Investment to boost the number of digital specialists in the EU is necessary and must go hand-in-hand with investments in technologies. WHY advanced digital skills?
  7. 7. AI & data in European companies 42% of European companies use at least one AI technology Large enterprises are twice as likely to take advantage of AI Only 20% develop it in- house, largely outsourced Skills gap is a problem for AI - 57% cite difficulties hiring skilled staff and 45% a lack of skills 33% find data standardisation to be a significant barrier Source: European enterprise survey on the use of technologies based on artificial intelligence (2020) EC
  8. 8. ▪ Research groups and SMEs/startups equally struggle to attract talent ▪ University curricula are not responding to the market ▪ Need to improve attractiveness of the different fields and promote true collaboration with industry for skills development Bridging the digital talent gap ▪ Require specialised curricula focusing on interdisciplinarity and sector or vertical knowledge ▪ Training in AI skills needs to be accessible to those from other disciplines ▪ Rome, October 2019 Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity Source: Bridging the Digital Talent Gap - Towards Successful Industry-University Partnerships (2020) Informatics Europe
  9. 9. ▪ Digital skills hardest to fill: 1. Software Engineering 2. Cloud computing 3. Data Science 4. Cybersecurity 5. UI/UX Blueprints for upskilling SMEs Based on the analysis 74,000 LinkedIn posts comparing vacancies and time to fill them over a period of three months in 2018 ▪ The ICT sector shows the highest digital skills gap, followed by Consulting, Finance and Telecom ▪ Big data courses are more than 2 times more expensive than those for other skills such as AI, IoT Source: Digital Skills: New Professions, New Educational Methods, New Jobs, (2018) EC
  10. 10. ▪ 149 pledges, 353 initiatives and 12 million beneficiaries on the Pledge Viewer ▪ Of these, 25 pledges are focused on certification, and 18 are aimed at SMEs ▪ 90,000 digital skills certificates offered ▪ 7 focusing on big data, from organisations such as BDVA, Cisco, DigitalES, Ubiqum, Dell, ORT France and Wings ICT Solutions Pledges – a way forward
  11. 11. @DigitalSkillsEU #DSJCoalition