Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Europe urgently needs the right jobs and skills

Many people today worry about the economic climate we’re in, and where the jobs are going to come from. But as the tide of unemployment rises, there’s still at least one island of hope – jobs for ICT practitioners, where demand is still strong, and growing. From 2006 to 2010, ICT graduates actually shrank by 10%; pretty soon, Europe could face one million unfilled ICT jobs. At a time of unemployment – wouldn’t that be absolutely crazy?

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, wants to set out some more details on how we plan to boost Europe’s competitiveness – and fill tomorrow’s ICT jobs – with help from the private sector and others:

"If we don’t act, we’re not just letting down our citizens; we’re denting our productivity and competitiveness.  Businesses won’t have the human capital to prosper in the digital age, multinationals will go elsewhere, and European workers are missing out on a great hope."

This is the reason why EU has to work with the private sector, from education and training providers, all kinds of public authorities to solve this problem. In the World Economic Forum, Neelie Kroes will outline the following key ideas: training programmes that match skills needs; making mobility easier across the EU; certification; and raising awareness to attract more people to this exciting career path.

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