ARIES Transilvania (www.aries-transilvana.ro) became a member in the “Digital Skills and Jobs” Coalition, a network created with the initiative of the European Commission which reunites members, companies, social partners, NGOs and education providers. The fundamental purpose is to reduce and solve the deficiency of digital skills in Europe.
The European Commission’s initiative was determined by the existing disparity between the needs of the digital economy, and the Coalition’s members are involved in solving the competencies disparities at all levels, from the competences of specialized IT&C people to the needed competencies for all European citizens to work, live and participate in the digital economy and social life.
This fact represents a fundamental aspect for the European society in order to maintain the inclusion in the digital era but also for the European industry to remain competitive and to answer all demands.
The goals of the combination of all initiatives in the Coalition are, by 2020, to:
- Train 1 million young unemployed people for vacant digital jobs through internships/traineeships, apprenticeships and short-term training programmes;
- Support the upskilling and retraining of the workforce and in particular take concrete measures to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who face specific challenges in attracting and retaining digital talent as well as retraining their workforce;
- Modernise education and training to provide all students and teachers with the opportunity to use digital tools and materials in their teaching and learning activities and to develop and upgrade their digital skills;
- Reorient and make use of available funding to support digital skills and carry out awareness-raising about the importance of digital skills for employability, competitiveness and participation in society;
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