European states must collaborate to satisfy demand for ICT professionals

In spite of the fact that youth unemployment in Europe is close to 20%, recent reports point out that there will be will be a lack of 756,000 ICT professionals to suit the demand of companies by 2020. In this context, the eSkills Malta Foundation presented in the beginning of March 2017, the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Charter to the European Commissioner identifying four key areas for countries from the region to address their high demand for ICT specialists:

  • Train youth for digital professions and promote female participation to take up unfilled vacancies
  • Up-skill and re-skill European employees to remain productive in their jobs and become employable
  • Update education and training mechanisms to provide digital skills at all levels
  • Improve citizens’ digital skills to strengthen social inclusion

Additionally, the report invites European states to collaborate in order to generate partnerships, policies and funding mechanisms that ensure citizens are well-prepared for the digital revolution. It is expected that this collaboration will strengthen the Digital Single Market and expand Europe’s economy thus providing equal opportunities for EU citizens.

Source: Times of Malta