The digital transformation of society, the economy and industries across all sectors will have a far-
reaching impact for Europe and its citizens. It presents a major opportunity for Europe but is also
accompanied by a number of challenges. In particular, Europe must ensure that its citizens and its
labour force have the appropriate digital skills to live and work in the new digital era. No one must
be left behind.
The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition (Coalition) brings together Member States, companies, social partners, non-profit organisations and education providers who take action to tackle the lack of digital skills in Europe. It is organised around four major pillars:
- Digital skills for all – developing digital skills to enable all citizens to be active in our digital society;
- Digital skills for the labour force – developing digital skills for the digital economy, e.g. upskilling and reskilling workers, jobseekers; actions on career advice and guidance;
- Digital skills for ICT professionals – developing advanced digital skills for ICT professionals in all sectors of the economy;
- Digital skills in education – transforming teaching and learning of digital skills in a lifelong learning perspective, including the training of teachers.
A cross-pillar priority is to make sure women can make full use of the opportunities the digital economy
provides, including how to motivate more girls and women to consider a career in digital.
The Governing Board of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition (Board) was set up in September 2017 to improve the governance of the Coalition and to make it more impactful. In line with its mandate, it provides strategic advice, leadership and overall direction.
The first activities developed and supported by the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition confirmed the
political importance to accelerate efforts to boost digital skills and to mobilise all key stakeholders to
meet this key challenge in Europe. Based on the achievements so far, the Board believes that the
following key elements need to be taken into account in the next phase of the Coalition:
- Expand the current membership of the Coalition across all sectors of the economy (and in particular SMEs) by improving the value proposition of the initiative to make sure it attracts more and more active members.
- Harness and include those networks and actors who are providing the solutions on the ground, at national and local level; national, regional and local governments, regional grass-roots organizations and social partners but also actors at European level such as the Digital Champions;
- Make sure the EU’s future multiannual financial framework is putting an emphasis on supporting digital skills so that all Europeans can make the most of the ongoing digital transformation.