Bearing in mind that the significant shortage of professionals in information and communications technology (ICT) in the European Union (EU) creates a bottleneck for economic growth, while educational institutions fail to provide a sufficient number of professionals with adequate ICT knowledge and skills demanded on the labour market, in December 2012, the European Commission (EC) announced the Grand Coalition Initiative for the Promotion of Digital Skills and Jobs, the aim of which is to implement the Digital Agenda for Europe and to solve this problem through concrete and coordinated actions of the public and private sectors, by increasing the number of ICT apprenticeships as well as to establish more direct links between education and business, to standardize qualification requirements and to achieve other goals that are pursued. In order to achieve striking and positive changes at the national level as soon as possible, the EC invites National governments, education and training sectors, ICT companies and non-governmental organizations to join the coalition.
Reasons to create National Digital Coalition in Lithuania
- Youth unemployment rate 21,2 % (12,5 overall)
- Lack of ICT professionals (6000 till 2016)
- Lack of ICT skills awareness raising (IT usage dissemination and promotion)
- Formal education is not able to fill the lack of ICT professionals ASAP
- Lack of cooperation between educational and business sector
- Inspiration from Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs
Institutions, companies and organizations agreed to form the National Digital Coalition for the Promotion of Digital Skills for Jobs in Lithuania mission to increase employment and to achieve a more effective use of digital potential and cooperate in implementing information society development programme 2014–2020 Digital Agenda for Lithuania.
1. To substantially reduce the shortage of IT professionals, to improve the conditions for the private and public sector employees as well as all inhabitants to learn and continuously improve the necessary ICT skills for job, the establishment of IT business and development of the digital market:
- To (re)skill the ICT professionals according to market requirements and to encourage professionals from other fields to specialize in ICT.
- To promote e-leadership, ICT start-ups and the use of new digital opportunities in multifarious Lithuanian economy fields.
- To promote a more efficient use of available ICT infrastructure and existing services.
- To promote the development and use of open educational resources, to encourage institutions, companies and organizations to develop and provide Internet courses.
2. To attract more young people to choose ICT and other science studies and professions, to ensure the acquisition of digital skills also when learning other professions:
- To continuously improve general education, higher education and vocational training programmes according to the labour market requirements.
- To seek that the professionals that are being trained had necessary ICT skills required by the labour market.
- To reinforce the framework of digital skills training by cooperation between the representatives of business, education and other organizations.
- To include ICT training to the system of non-formal youth education.
3. To raise public awareness of the importance of digital skills and competences:
- To involve the society in the dissemination activities of digital skills and competences.
- To constantly keep the Lithuanian society informed about the importance of digital skills and competences.
- Reaching every resident of Lithuania, jointly organize public informational campaigns and regional activities.
Initiator of National Digital Coalition is association „Langas į ateitį“
J. Rutkausko 6, LT-05132 Vilnius, Lithuania
Phone +370 5 239 78 13, Fax +370 5 239 78 firstname.lastname@example.org