The Digital Agenda starts to take shape

The European e-Skills Association (EeSA) is pleased to note that in a recent communication by Commissioner Kroes "Digital Agenda: Kroes welcomes Ministerial support " (19 April 2010), there is clear attention to the importance of increased e-skills in the coming Digital Agenda. Commissioner Kroes astutely identified the exclusion of many citizens from the information society and the professional ICT skills shortage as constraints to the further contribution that ICT can make to productivity and growth.

EeSA looks forward to the Digital Agenda text being unveiled at the end of April and to further details on how the strategy will address social inclusion in ICT competence and concrete steps to combat the digital literacy deficit. Measures to roll out high-speed internet access must be combined with plans to enhance the competence of all internet end-users if these infrastructure investments are to have the intended impact on internet participation.

To address ICT professional skills shortages, EeSA asserts the need to foster synergies between educational institutes, the ICT industry and professionals in the public and private sector to ensure that students develop the skills needed in the labour market. Promoting ICT professionalism is essential for Europe's competitiveness and potential to innovate and can offer increased mobility for ICT professionals throughout Europe.

Finally, the agenda must find ways to make ICT careers more attractive to young people. The launch of the European e-Skills Career Portal, which helps students to match skills to jobs, as well as the European e-Skills Week, which took place in March 2010, are steps in the right direction and should continue to play a key role.

About EeSA

The European e-Skills Association was founded in June 2007 as e-Skills Industry Leadership Board (e-Skills ILB). It cooperates with public authorities across Europe, small and medium sized companies, social partners and other stakeholders, building upon the European Commission initiatives on e-Skills and lifelong learning. With its expanded membership, the EeSA is set to lead the contribution of ICT-embedded industries to the development and implementation of a long term e-skills and digital literacy agenda in Europe.

EeSA members include: Council of European Professional Informatics Societies/CEPIS; Cisco Systems; Computing Technology Industry Association/ CompTIA; European Grants and Subsidies Consulting/Econet; European Information Technology Observatory/EITO; ECDL Foundation; European Schoolnet; European Software Association; European Network of CIOs/euroCIO; Examination Institute for Information Science/EXIN; Hewlett Packard/HP; Intel; Microsoft; and Oracle.

For more information on the EeSA, please contact the EeSA secretariat,

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The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) is a non-profit organisation seeking to improve and promote a high standard among informatics professionals in recognition of the impact that informatics has on employment, business and society. CEPIS is comprised of 36 national informatics associations representing over 300,000 informatics professionals from 33 countries across greater Europe. It provides a coordinated voice on the views of European informatics professionals on major issues to European Institutions.  CEPIS is also responsible for the highly successful ECDL and EUCIP Programmes and produces a range of research and publications in the area of skills.