New digital skills and jobs platform to boost upskilling

In the near future, it will have self-assessment tool and online courses on emerging technologies

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The Digital Skills and Jobs Platform, which is a one-stop shop for high-quality information, initiatives and resources on digital skills, and funded by the Connecting Europe Facility, was launched on Thursday by the Commission and partners in the EU countries.

Justifying the need for such a dedicated place for digital skills and jobs, the EU executive points out that at a time when 42% of Europeans lack basic digital skills, the new platform will help close this gap in Europe and strengthen the European Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and its 25 National coalitions.

What will be the jobs of the future, what are the training offers for students, or what  funding opportunities are available for small business, among many other topics, can be found on it.

Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, commented that bringing together hundreds of initiatives from around Europe, the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform is a unique place for citizens to enhance their learning experiences and to discover new opportunities.

The platform will be the EU's central hub for digital up-skilling and re-skilling, bundling best practices in digital skills, resources and the main actors in the field, to make a tangible impact on both basic and advanced digital skills.

 It will open up a community space for discussions and collaboration and in the near future, smart functionalities, such as a self-assessment tool and online courses on emerging technologies, will make it easy for anyone to find the right resource or service.

The platform will contribute to the objectives of Europe's Digital Decade, precisely that 80% of Europeans will have at least basic digital skills and that there will be 20 million employed digital technology experts by 2030.

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