04/03/2013 - 05/03/2013
Where: Marriott Hotel, Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, Brussels
Topic: Science and technology
Organiser: European Commission
The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs will be officially launched at a two-day conference in Brussels when companies and other stakeholders will meet to announce pledges for joint action to train the additional 900 000 professionals in Information and Communication technologies (ICT) that Europe will need by 2015 and help our youth and unemployed to take up much needed work. A detailed roadmap for further action will also be agreed. President José Manuel Barroso will deliver the keynote speech at the conference jointly hosted by Vice Presidents Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda) and Antonio Tajani (Enterprise and Industry), and Commissioners László Andor (Employment) and Androulla Vassiliou (Education and Youth).
Europe faces up to 900.000 unfilled ICT jobs and declining competitiveness. The number of digital jobs is growing – by 3% each year during the crisis – but the number of new ICT graduates and other skilled ICT workers is shrinking. Companies operating in Europe need the right people or they will move operations elsewhere. The European Commission is issuing a call to action to companies, governments, educators, social partners, employment service providers and civil society to join in an effort to reverse this trend.
"Filling the gaps: e-Skills & Education for Digital Jobs" Conference at the Marriott Hotel, Brussels
Press release will be issued on Monday 4th March.