17 June 2016

Training Europe for the future: digital skills for all

With technology changing almost every aspect of our lives, to have the right skills is essential in the digital age.
This is a joint blog post by Andrus Ansip and Günther H. Oettinger.
These days, you need digital skills as a basic requirement to get ahead in society as well as in the modern workplace. It is not just about reading and writing anymore. There are many young people who use the internet on a daily basis but do not have the full skills needed to convert this interest into an actual job.
We also know that in the near future most jobs – in careers such as engineering, accountancy, nursing, medicine, art, architecture, and many more – will require some level of #digitalskills.
More and more professions require basic coding skills
Increasingly, that includes programming and basic coding skills. Learning how to code while at school, for example, is a great way to get young people interested in digital careers. But in Europe today, less than half of children are in schools which are highly equipped digitally – and only 20-25% of them are taught by digitally confident teachers.
So we have a situation where the number of ICT graduates fell by 13% between 2006 and 2013. Today, 37% of the EU workforce has low digital skills, or none at all. There is a clear and urgent need to do something to boost digital skills. However, the European Commission cannot do this alone, not even by working with national governments.
We need a broader, more inclusive and pan-European effort.
Read the full blog post here.