Wednesday, February 20, 2013

EU - Grand Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs - to combine public and private sectors to close the skills gap

Euractiv briefs on the forthcoming Grand Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs in March.
The European Commission in March is due to launch an initiative designed to close the gap between an unskilled workforce and the EU’s growing demand for information and communications technology (ICT).

Neelie Kroes, Commission vice president for digital affairs, will launch a so-called Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs and Training at a conference in Brussels on 4-5 March, during which she will seek to confirm partnership ‘pledges’ from the private sector.

The EU executive is seeking collaboration on industry-led training, assisting labour mobility, certifying skills, improving school and university curriculums, and creating an entrepreneurs friendly environment for start-ups.

It will also seek to help the sector shrug off a dowdy reputation that is deterring young people generally, and specifically women.

This was already trailed in January at the WEF in Davos.:

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