Led by the understanding that the ICT skills gap cannot be fixed without collective action the European Commission launched the 4 March 2013 the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs.
Stakeholders all around Europe have since March presented “pledges” at the launch event in Brussels and thereafter at the 3rd Digital Agenda Assembly in Dublin on 19-20 June 2013.
The Grand Coalition will help accelerate and intensify efforts initiated by European policies, such as the Digital Agenda for Europe, the e-Skills Strategy, the Employment Package, the Opening up Education Initiative, the Rethinking Education Strategy, the Youth Opportunities Initiative, and the EU Skills Panorama.
The objectives of the actions foreseen are among others to:
- Improve the image and attractiveness of ICT careers
- Offer training packages co-designed with the ICT industry
- Offer more aligned degrees and curricula at vocational and university level education that will respond to the needs of the students and the industry
- Improve recognition of qualifications across countries by stimulating take-up of a European certification scheme for digital skills of ICT professionals, based on the existing e-Competence Framework
- Reduce labour market mismatches by stimulating mobilit
- Stimulate digital entrepreneurship by liaising with Startup Europe, a single platform for tools and programmes supporting people wanting to set up and grow web start-ups in Europe
The pledges made in the first two rounds focus on:
- Training and matching for Digital Jobs
- Innovative Learning and Teaching
- National & local initiatives
The European Center for Women and Technology is strongly committed to support the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs and ECWT is involved in all major actions.
ECWT has together with PROMIS@Service and the Bulgarian Centre for Women and Technology – BCWT launched the WePROMIS® pledge in Dublin to support women’s business start ups and SMEs in taking up cloud based interactive services, multilingual content, e-Learning, compliance tools managed by PROMIS@Service and build communities of e-Mentors (STEM scientists and corporate business leaders) and Mentees (schools, universities) managed by ECWT.
ECWT has upon the initiative of Zen Digital, the Belgian N-PoC of ECWT also partnered with DigitalEurope, European Schoolnet and CEPIS to strengthen awareness-raising and promote the female talent in the Digital Economy and together launched the Digital Girl of the Year, the Digital Woman of the Year and Digital Impact – Organization of the Year Award
- A workshop with stakeholders in early October 2013 in Brussels (exact date to be confirmed)
- A GC4DJ stakeholder meeting at ICT 2013 on 6-8 November 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania
- A meeting in connection with the planned e-Skills Conference 2013 in December in Brussels (exact date to be confirmed)