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Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Community-led events launched in Austria, Belgium and Italy

Hundreds of stakeholders have provided valuable insights to the National Digital Skills and Jobs Coalitions across Belgium, Italy and Austria through the first Community-led Events with more to follow in Czechia, Malta and Lithuania.

Organised under the framework of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, the first round of Community-led Events successfully drew hundreds of participants among national digital skills communities.

The events, co-organised by the National Coalitions, sought to engage and generate direct inputs from members, key national stakeholders, and cross-border experts around focused digital skills topics. They attracted the support of national ministries with responsibility for digitalisation, upskilling and education, and addressed topics such as the future strategic direction of the respective Coalition, debating digital skills strategies and the implementation of a nationwide framework for digital skills certification.

The Road Ahead for the Belgian National Coalition, 17th & 30th November 2020

The Belgian Coalition set out to stimulate a discussion with the community to create a roadmap that will drive the next 5 years of activity for the National Coalition and beyond. The event brought together the Secretary of State for Digitalisation, prominent actors such as Agoria, Digital Wallonia, Citizenlab and BE-Central, with contributions from representatives of the Irish and Czech National Coalitions. The event was co-organised by Saskia van Uffelen, the Belgian National Coalition Coordinator.

The Italian Digital Skills Strategy and its Implementation, 2nd & 16th December 2020

With the first Italian National Digital Skills Strategy launched in August 2020, and the Implementation Plan in December 2020, the National Coalition called the Community-led event to showcase over 100 actions of the Strategy and Plan, and receive feedback from all relevant stakeholders. 

Opened by Ms. Paola Pisano, then Minister for Technological Innovation and Digitisation, the event had broad participation with over 50 panellists and speakers presenting the latest Italian digital skills actions. Challenges and solutions were identified and presented by the speakers along the four priority axes of the Coalition: Education, Labour Force, ICT Specialists and All Citizens. Co-organiser: Repubblica Digitale, Italian National Coalition Coordinator.

Digital Skills Certification & DigComp Implementation in Austria, 13th & 27th January 2021

The National Coalition sought to enrich the work done in Austria in implementing a digital skills certification framework for upskilling across the country providing key lessons from practitioners and understanding points of consideration from across the community.

The two sessions were opened by Dr. Margarete Schramböck, Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs and Dr. Martin Kocher, Federal Minister for Labour, Family and Youth, respectively and drew on the participation of representatives from key digital skills players such as Infineon, SAP Austria, Enterprise Training Centre and the GPA Union (private sector employees). The event was co-organised by fit4internet and the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW), Austrian National Coalition Coordinators.

Upcoming Community-led Events

The next Community-led Event will be hosted by Czechia in March. It will bring together local digital skills actors, as well as representatives of other National Coalitions from within the Visegrád Group to address the topic of distance learning and takeaways from the COVID crisis. The event will focus on three axes: safety, efficiency, and wellbeing in distance education. 
Two further Community-led Events will take place in April in Malta, on the skills for conscious use of digital platforms, and Lithuania on digital skills as an engine for accelerated recovery. 

Outcome Papers

Please find below the Outcome Papers of each event as they become available.
Belgium Outcome Paper 
Italy        Coming soon
Austria        Coming soon

The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition

The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition is a unique community supported by the European Commission that:

  • Enables stakeholders to propose actions, programmes, initiatives to improve the digital skills situation in Europe;
  • Offers a platform of exchange to learn from peers and to showcase actions, initiatives developed and their impact;
  • Helps to join forces to pave the way for a strong and inclusive digital Europe.

Any such organisation, be it an SME or corporate, an education provider, a social partner, or non-governmental organisation is encouraged to become a member of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition on the Pledge Viewer directly. 

Since 2016, members of Coalition have made pledges to tackle the digital skills gap and taken action to provide skills training, job placements, certifications and other activities addressing four target groups: citizens, the labour force, ICT Specialists and digital skills in education. 

There are already 25 established National Coalitions working together to address the digital skills challenges at a Member State level, connect with yours today.


Report DSJC Community-led Event Outcome Belgium