Brussels, 24 January 2014
European Commission joins forces with companies to deliver over 250,000 extra training courses and thousands of new digital jobs
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Vice President Neelie Kroes brought CEOs from across the global economy together at the World Economic Forum in Davos today to expand a successful year-old coalition that is delivering digital training opportunities and jobs. The Davos Declaration, which was discussed today, foresees the creation of 100,000 additional traineeships by the end of 2015.
Since March 2013, 42 partner organisations have filled an extra 2,200 new digital jobs, 5,277 extra internships and apprenticeships and delivered training courses for an extra 269,000 people, fulfilling pledges they made to the EU’s Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. Partners include Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Samsung, SAP, Telefonica, and a range of industry and civil society associations.
A key target in the 2014 expansion of the coalition will be the goods and retail sectors, which increasingly depend on workers with digital skills, including on shop and factory floors.
President Barroso said: “The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs uses the economies of scale we have at the EU level to bring qualified people and innovative employers together. This is European integration in practice. I urge all those who have not yet joined up to seize this opportunity to help Europe drive the next ICT revolution."
Vice-President Neelie Kroes said: “I meet so many young people with initiative, who are desperate for opportunity. And I see companies in desperate need of workers with digital skills. The Coalition matches the two together, and helps thousands of people to build their lives. Changing lives is worth every minute and euro invested.”
In March 2013, President Barroso and Vice-President Kroes called on Europe's digital businesses, governments, training and education sectors to join together to help fill 900,000 digital job vacancies that are expected to open up by 2020. Pledges made in the first year of the Coalition mainly concern young people and students, and 68% of the pledges are either cross-border or pan-EU in scope. An Online Pledge Tracker allows you to follow the Coalition’s progress towards new jobs and skills.
According to data provided by the pledgers themselves, progress as of December 2013 is as follows:
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Annex – list of participants in the breakfast on the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, Davos, Switzerland, 24 January 2014
Chris Dedicoat President, EMEAR CISCO*
Brad Smith Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Microsoft International*
Jim Hagemann Snabe Co-Chief Executive Officer, SAP AG*
Jose-Maria Alvarez Pallete Global COO, Telefónica SA*
Sunny Lee President and CEO Europe, Samsung*
Marne Levine VP Global Public Policy, Facebook
Hans E. Vestberg CEO, Ericsson
Diederik Karsten Executive VP Europe, Liberty Global
Frans van Houten Chairman and CEO, Philips
Mark Spelman Managing Director, Accenture
Bryan Lamkin Senior Vice-President, Adobe
Christian Morales Corporate Vice President, General Manager Europe, Middle East and Africa, Intel
Marc Bolland Chief Executive Officer, Marks&Spencer
Eng Ângelo Paupério Executive Vice-President, Sonae
* Existing Grand Coalition pledgers