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900,000 ICT vacancies by 2015

New EU initiative to meet ICT skills demand and reduce unemployment

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Among the initiatives that will be introduced are improved training and skills matching, led by Europe’s top ICT employers; a common EU certification system for ICT skills; and assistance services and funding to enable

The Minister made the comments as he joined EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso and other Commissioners as well as Europe’s leading ICT employers, ICT training providers, public employment services and other stakeholders to launch a major new initiative to improve ICT training and matching for ICT workers, young job seekers and the unemployed across the EU.

There will be up to 900,000 unfilled ICT positions in the EU by 2015, and action is needed now if Europe’s businesses, young job seekers and unemployed are not to miss the major opportunities presented by filling this ICT skills gap, Minister Bruton said.

The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs is a new EU initiative to better match Europeans seeking work and in education with the massive number of ICT job vacancies in the EU. It will run for an initial term of 2013-15. The initiative includes the following measures:

  • Improved ICT training and skills matching, including commitments by Europe’s largest ICT employers to scale up their training programmes and make available their training content in new ways
  • The introduction of a single European certification system for ICT skills, enabling greater mobility among ICT professionals within the EU
  • Creation of assistance services and funding to enable ICT workers to move within the EU to areas where demand for their skills is highest
  • Developing a number of campaigns to ensure European students and young professionals fully appreciate the range of ICT related jobs and career paths open to them
  • A one-stop-shop for web entrepreneurs is also being established. Startup Europe contains all available support tools and programmes for people setting-up and growing their online business.

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