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Digital skills for citizens’ empowerment

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Tue 6, October 2020
14:30 - 16:00 CET
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https://euregionsweek2020-video.eu/video/digital-skills-for-citizens-empowerment

The objective of the workshop is to advocate 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.

We will present EU and government funded initiatives that target unemployed people with different educational backgrounds (STEM degrees vs. low education levels), current workers in the manufacturing industry, as well as new hires requiring relevant industry and job-ready skills. Before COVID-19, 52% of European workers needed reskilling; we anticipate that today close to 100% of the European workforce require some form of reskilling and/or upskilling. With representatives of both regional authorities (Amsterdam Economic Board, Chamber of Commerce of Madrid) and the industry experts (Amazon AWS, Airbus) we will discuss how to accelerate existing mechanisms for training and achieve scalable results through digital and blended learning.

Izabela Milewska, Chair at Digital Skills Working Group at DIGITALEUROPE and Digital Skills Global Leader, Amazon AWS, Luxembourg.
Natalija Counet, Challenge Lead Jobs of the Future, Amsterdam Economic Board, Netherlands.
Marion Feurtey, Public Affairs EU & NATO, Airbus, France.
Helena Lovegrove, Director of Operations and Projects, DIGITALEUROPE, Belgium.
Elsa Salvadores Janssen, Deputy Director General, Chamber of Commerce of Madrid, Spain.
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Workshop
Empowering citizens
Airbus, Amazon Web Services, Amsterdam Economic Board, Chamber of Commerce of Madrid, DIGITALEUROPE
English (EN)
Zoom

Session summary

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



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  • Posted by: Amalie Sundal
    On: 08/10/2020 - 11:24am

    Reccording

    Is it possible to recieve the reccordig and any additional material from the event?
  • Posted by: Marta CAYETANO
    On: 30/09/2020 - 11:31am

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