Launch of New Campaign: e-Skills for Jobs 2015

eskills 2015‘e-Skills for Jobs 2015’ is a pan-European campaign that aims to raise awareness about the need for citizens to improve their information and communication technology (ICT) skills for work. It is a response to the growing demand for ICT-skilled professionals, which is currently not being met, despite high levels of unemployment in Europe.

This initiative, funded by DG GROW, provides a unique platform to promote and share experiences and best practices in e-Skills, foster cooperation, and efficiently mobilise stakeholders. The key targets of the campaign will be the young and the unemployed. Career opportunities in ICT, as well as the value of reskilling and upskilling for practitioners and businesses, will also be promoted during the campaign.

CEPIS fully supports this initiative and encourages all organisations involved in e-Skills, both at professional and end-user levels, to participate.

The e-Skills for Jobs campaign has been launched by the European Commission’s Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, a multi-stakeholder partnership to address the shortfall in e-Skills among Europeans and encourage people to fully exploit the potential employment opportunities that ICT provides.

The official launch of the campaign took place in Riga on 13 March 2015, where a high level conference was held under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference gathered representatives from the European Commission, governments, industry, NGOs, academia and other key stakeholders from across Europe to push for further action to stimulate the creation of the jobs needed to build a digital single market in Europe. Together they have drawn up the Riga Declaration - 10 principles that should guide efforts this year to unlock the potential of eSkills to fuel growth and job creation. The Riga Declaration can be found here.

Find out more about the ‘e-Skills for Jobs 2015’ campaign.