Digital skills for citizens’ empowerment
This workshop set out to make a case for public and private partnership models, where both government authorities and industry partners and employers co-invest to develop a relevant digital skill set and match it with local market demand for digital talent. The panel, representing leaders from the digital industry and innovators in digital upskilling and reskilling, concluded that COVID-19 has accelerated the need for stakeholders to work together, linking public, private, academia and non-profit organisations. This is crucial to achieving the EU’s missions, which needs a labour force that is up to the task.
Take away message
- Successful initiatives should include underrepresented groups of all backgrounds (women, 45+, refugees, young unemployed etc.)
- People need to be empowered to reskill and upskill themselves, they need financial support (especially vulnerable people). Funding programmes shouldn't be too time-intensive
- We need train-the-trainer courses to guarantee digitally-savvy teachers
- It's key to go even beyond digital literacy, we need advanced skills for employability
- SMEs need extra support, they lack tresources to even start a course