Joining forces to make EU's Digital Single Market strategy a success

Educational institutions, teachers and parents are essential to prepare youngsters with the right skills. Yet their involvement is not enough, more needs to be done.

This is why the European Coding Initiative partners, committed to raising awareness and providing training and resources, welcome the European Commission's recognition of the importance of ensuring the uptake of digital skills.

The Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy, launched on May 6 by Vice President Andrus Ansip, rightly identifies the urgent need to address the e-skills gap in Europe. It is imperative that young Europeans are prepared with the right skills to fill the many vacancies in the ICT sector. Yet the reality in Europe today is that less than 15% of students have access in school to the kind of high-level ICT teaching they need.

Read here the European Coding Initiative's call to the European Commission to take a leading role in advancing the digital skills strategy and in encouraging EU Member States to urgently reform curricula in order to facilitate the transition from education to work.