About: e-skills

EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger

EU eSkills campaigns reduce gap in the labour market

The eSkills campaigns, launched in 2010, have contributed to reducing the gap in the EU between demand and supply of digital skills jobs, according to the European Commission.
Technology 15-10-2014

Teachers urged to get on board with coding

SPECIAL REPORT: Computer coding classes at primary school have to be taught in a more playful way than reading, writing and maths, experts say. 
Technology 14-10-2014

Five-years-olds learn coding in schools to prepare for future labour market

SPECIAL REPORT: Learning basic computer programming is becoming mandatory curriculum in primary schools in some member states, as governments try to prepare already digital native pupils the skills they need for the labour markets of the future.
Technology 31-07-2014

Commissioners urge coding classes at school

The two commissioners in charge of the digital agenda, and youth and education, have written to to the EU's 28 education ministers, urging them to give every child the opportunity to develop basic coding skills at school.

More than 50% of EU jobs at risk of computerisation

More than half of the jobs in the EU's 28 member states will be impacted significantly by advances in technology over the coming decades across sectors, according to calculations by the think tank Bruegel.

EU attempts to bridge e-skills gap between north and south

SPECIAL REPORT / The EU is betting on rapidly developing e-skills among the workforce in order to adjust it to the digital economy. Every year, approximately 100,000 new vacancies are created in an attempt to fill the gap between the 'e-skilled south' and 'e-demanding north' of Europe.

Boosting e-skills in European higher education requires political will at national level

With 25% of adults in the European Union lacking the necessary digital skills to effectively use information and communication technologies, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published in autumn 2013, the European Commission is facing various challenges in order to bridge the competitive gap with the rest of the world.
Technology 05-05-2014

Commission measures progress on e-skills flagship initiative

SPECIAL REPORT / A little over one year after the European Commission launched a partnership to tackle the lack of digital skills in Europe and hundreds of thousands of unfilled ICT-related vacancies, almost 50 organisations have become involved in the initiative and made pledges.

Kroes: Industry ‘morally obliged’ to help youth get ICT skills, jobs

SPECIAL REPORT / Europe’s ICT industry has a ‘moral’ obligation to pull behind the Commission’s new Grand Coalition for Digital Growth and Jobs and help young people get jobs, Commission vice president, in charge of the digital economy, has told EURACTIV in an interview.
Technology 21-02-2013

Europe strives to hold back ‘digital brain drain’

SPECIAL REPORT / With more than half of Spain's and Greece’s young people jobless, those with in-demand digital skills are increasingly seeking work in stabler Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.
Technology 20-02-2013

Brussels plans fresh push for more women in ICT jobs

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission in June plans to publish a survey explaining why Europe’s information and communication technology (ICT) sector has too few women despite a projected deficit of 700,000 skilled workers by 2015.
Technology 19-02-2013

Struggling southern states targeted in ICT training push

SPECIAL REPORT / EU education ministers met in Brussels last Friday to debate how new online tools can benefit the unemployed, with a specific focus on struggling Mediterranean countries. Meanwhile, a new initiative, the Academy Cube, seeks to bring together all stakeholders on one online platform to retrain unemployed people with e-skills for future ICT jobs.
Technology 29-03-2012

Fewer Europeans ready for computer revolution

Young Europeans are getting fewer degrees in computer science, according to statistics released a week after a policy expert warned the European Commission that regulators are not keeping up with the pace of technological change.

Commission puts focus on skills ‘laggards’

In-company training will be a key step towards realising the European Commission's 'New Skills for New Jobs' plan, according to EU Employment Commissioner László Andor.
Brexit 24-03-2010

As crisis bites, companies wind down training programmes

The economic crisis is exacerbating Europe's skills crisis as some companies shift from offering sure employment and become less inclined to invest in training, according to Olga Strietska-Ilina, a skills policy specialist at the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Jobless migrant women want more e-skills

Female immigrants in the EU want more technical assistance and IT training, according to an American study which says a lack of e-skills is putting migrant women behind their male counterparts.

Recruiters see slight upturn in employment in 2010

Human resources (HR) managers in Europe's leading companies expect a slight improvement in employment conditions in 2010, according to a recent EU-wide survey.

Skills shortage worsens EU unemployment

An expert report is demanding urgent action to address chronic skills shortages in Europe's labour market, as unemployment in the euro zone hits 10%.
Technology 21-06-2006

37% of Europeans still out of the “e-society”

New statistics by Eurostat show strong differences between Member States and generations in terms of basic computer and internet skills.

eSkills conference discusses skills shortage

On 17-18 October an EU conference 'European eSkills Summit 2002' discusses the future need for ICT skills in Europe, mainly in the fields of e-learning and e-business.