An innovation society calls for a digITal ‘wake-up’ in the […]
An innovation society calls for a digITal ‘wake-up’ in the
European workforce. The need to foster highly-skilled,
fl exible and future-ready citizens fi t for the digital economy
is critical to achieving the goals of the EU 2020 strategy.
Should we be alarmed that there is no sense of readiness
for Europeans to build e-Skills into their career? The latest
IDC survey1 of over 1300 employers, revealing that only
10% of jobs will be left for ICT illiterates, would indicate
yes! Advanced ICT jobs are not seen as an attractive
career path and ‘digital ambassadors’ or role models are
lacking – particularly for women. The recent INSEAD
report2 around e-competence curriculum guidelines
recognizes the need to step up ICT professionalism and
increase the number of those being trained in the fi eld.
The need for action and momentum inspired the launch
of the fi rst ever European e-Skills Week (1-5 March 2010).
This is a pan-European awareness-raising initiative
launched by the European Commission DG Enterprise
and Industry and driven by the active support of DIGITAL
EUROPE and European Schoolnet to inform students,
young professionals and SMEs about the vast
opportunities that ICT-related education and jobs present.
Microsoft is proud to be one of the leading partners in
this venture together with other industry leaders and
stakeholders through some of the following collaborative
More information on Skills for employability and the
European e-Skills Week: