e-Skills Week 2012 - High-profile speakers at Opening Conference 19 March 2012
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The Opening Conference of the eSkills Week 2012 campaign launched by the European Commission took place in Brussels on 19 March 2012. High-profile European stakeholders presented their views on the future development of ICT skills in the context of European initiatives aiming at turning young “digital natives” (young people who are familiar with electronic games and social networking) into digitally competent ICT users, thus improving their employability.
The eSkills Week 2012 campaign will deliver an array of training events, conferences, competitions and activities across more than 30 European countries, culminating in a dedicated European e-Skills Week from 26 – 30 March 2012.
Take a look at the programme and the presentations here.
eLearning Europa has attended the Opening Conference and tweeted live. Read our contribution here, following the #eskillsevent and #eskills2012 hashtags.
The European Commission has identified digital competence as one of the key competences for lifelong learning, a competence that should be acquired by both young people and adults to help adapt to a constantly changing and flexible labour market. Digital Competence “involves the confident and critical use of information society technology (IST) and thus basic skills in information and communication technology (ICT).”
To achieve this, the European Commission in 2007 adopted a Communication on “e-skills for the 21st century” which presented a long-term e-skills strategy.
In its strategy “Europe 2020” the EU has identified 7 flagship projects to boost growth and jobs in Europe. They are amongst others “Digital Agenda for Europe” with a list of actions dedicated to enhancing e-skills and “An Agenda for new skills and jobs”.
It is against this background that the European Commission has launched the European e-Skills Week 2012. Led by the Directorate General Enterprise and Industry in conjunction with twenty-four national partners and stakeholders, it aims to to mobilise stakeholders to inform young people on how to acquire e-skills and find jobs in the digital economy.
For more information about the campaign, visit the home page.