Building on the positive results of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs 2013-2016 and the EU e-skills strategy, and in coordination with the work under Education and Training 2020, The Commission will bring together Member States and stakeholders, including social partners, to pledge action and to identify and share best practices, so that they can be more easily replicated and scaled up. It will improve the dissemination of information about available EU funds (European Structural and Investment Funds, Youth Employment Initiative, Erasmus+ etc.) and explore possible funding opportunities for example through voucher mechanisms. The Commission will monitor progress annually through its Europe’s Digital Progress Report (EDPR).
Member States are invited to develop comprehensive national digital skills strategies by mid-2017 on the basis of targets set by end-2016. This includes:
- Establishing national digital skills coalitions connecting public authorities, business, education, training and labor market stakeholders.
- Developing concrete measures to bring digital skills and competences to all levels of education and training, supporting teachers and educators and promoting active involvement of business and other organizations.
We encourage all interested stakeholders to join the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and make pledges for concrete short-term actions, forming or joining National or Local Coalitions for Digital Jobs, or participating in our events workshops and meetings to share success lessons and best practices.