A new factsheet on digital skills gaps in Europe has been published by the European Commission. The factsheet, which summarises existing data on the topic, highlights that, although 9 in 10 jobs in the future will demand digital skills, 44% of Europeans are still lacking even basic digital skills.
The factsheet puts the spotlight on inequalities in digital skill levels between countries, showing for example, that 86% of individuals in Luxembourg have basic digital skills, compared to just 26% in Bulgaria.
Initiatives to tackle the problem are also highlighted, including the EU’s Upskilling Pathways initiative, which aims to help low-skilled adults to acquire digital skills; the upcoming Digital Opportunity Traineeship Programme, which will help 6,000 students get experience in ICT fields; and the EU Code Week campaign, which raises the profile of coding among a wide audience in more than 50 countries around Europe.
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