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eSkills for Jobs 2016, part of the EU eSkills strategy, is a major cross sector, multi-stakeholder campaign from the European Commission, involving more than 650 organisations across Europe including companies, associations, education and training bodies and NGOs. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the need for citizens to improve their command of information and communication technology (ICT) skills for work. The campaign is a response to the growing demand for ICT-skilled professionals which is currently not met, despite high levels of unemployment in Europe.
At the same time that many Europeans are struggling to find work, technology companies face a critical shortfall in ICT workers. Europe may experience a shortage of up to 756,000 ICT professionals by 2020, risking growth and competitiveness. Women are also significantly under-represented in ICT related jobs – less than 30% of the ICT workforce is female.
Furthermore, a growing percentage of all jobs today require an understanding of ICT. Yet, half of all citizens in the European Union have no or low computer skills.
eSkills for Jobs encourages citizens to develop their digital skills and access today’s job market. The campaign has been launched under the European Commission’s Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, a multi-stakeholder partnership to address the shortfall in eSkills among Europeans and encourage people to fully exploit the potential employment opportunities that ICT provides.
eSkills for Jobs 2016 comprises hundreds of national and European level events as well as skills competitions, social media marketing and lobbying. Key targets groups are young people, unemployed people, ICT practitioners, enterprises (in particular SMEs) as well as business leaders and policy makers.
eSkills for Jobs 2016 is coordinated on behalf of the European Commission by