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Relaunching National Digital Coalition in Lithuania

On 14th February of 2017 in the ministry of Transportation and Communication a relaunch event was organized by NDC Stakeholders and Members, and it was agreed to continue its activities with the newly elected Lithuanian Parliament and government support.

Press release (in Lithuanian): http://sumin.lrv.lt/lt/naujienos/susisiekimo-ministras-butina-ugdyti-vyresniu-zmoniu-skaitmeninius-gebejimus.

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NDC fully meets the goals of the newly launched Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition by EC, together with Member States, companies, social partners, NGOs and education providers so that to add to the recent challenges –  the high demand for digital skills in Europe which are essential in today’s job market and society.

Background to National Digital Coalition

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 labor 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 invited National governments, education and training sectors, ICT companies and non-governmental organizations to join the coalition.

Reasons to create National Digital Coalition (NDC) in Lithuania

In Lithuania it was identified quite a big youth unemployment rate – over 20%, it was foreseen a huge lack of ICT professionals as well as a lack of ICT skills awareness raising among society. At the same time, formal education was not able to fill the lack of ICT professionals as soon as possible.

Following the EU Grand Coalition for Digital jobs initiative the Memorandum of the National Digital Coalition for the Promotion of Digital Skills for Jobs (in Lithuanian – Nacionalinė skaitmeninė koalicija/NSK) in Lithuania was signed on 7th November 2013 in Vilnius.

European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes participated during the signing Ceremony. She welcomed a commitment of the Lithuanian initiative NDC and supported by signing Memorandum of National digital coalition of Lithuania together with the parties involved.

Press release: http://www.eu2013.lt/en/news/pressreleases/national-digital-coalition-will-promote-wider-use-of-modern-technologies.

The activities of the National Coalition are coordinated and the relationship with other organizations are coordinated by the association “Langas į ateitį“. The mission of NDC in short is to increase youth employment by promoting ICT knowledge and achieve more effective use of the digital potential by cooperation in implementing information society development programme Digital Agenda for Lithuania 2014-2020.

Mission

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.

Objectives

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.

Stakeholders

The Association “Langas į ateitį“

an organization established by socially responsible business, since 2002 developing ICT skills in Lithuania and promoting a safe use of the Internet as well as public and private electronic services in order to improve Lithuanian people’s quality of life and to raise competitiveness in Europe and in the world.


The Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania

is in charge of the development of information society and coordinates the programme Digital Agenda for Lithuania and the implementation of the EU Digital Agenda Strategies in Lithuania.


The Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania

whose one of the most important tasks is to promote employment of the population, including young people.


The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania

seeks to adapt education to the needs of the information society of Lithuania and to develop possibilities for a lifelong learning in cyberspace.


The Association INFOBALT

representing the national ICT sector and seeking to develop better business environment for it as well as the best conditions and new opportunities for the growth of industry, both generates the added value for the members of the association and provides benefits to the Lithuanian people and the public sector.


Vilnius University

the largest higher education institution in Lithuania and one of the oldest higher education institutions in Northern Europe, which carries high-quality research-based studies covering almost all areas of science.


Kaunas University of Technology (KTU)

one of the largest technical universities in the Baltic States and one of the country’s most prominent universities occupying a leading position in a number of research and study areas.


The National Association of Distance Education (NDMA)

was established with a purpose to unite legal and natural persons for developing remote learning and e-learning in Lithuania and to participate in shaping the e-learning strategy in the country.


The Lithuanian Computer Society and ECDL Lithuania

whose main objectives and activities are to promote computer science and ICT development in Lithuania, to take care of training of computer professionals and users, their in-service training, the development and certification of electronic skills of members of society as well as computer training in general education schools.


The Lithuanian Municipal Public Library Association

uniting most of the Lithuanian public libraries, which, beside their daily activities consult the public about the ICT skills necessary for work and encourage them to acquire these skills.


The Lithuanian Computer Science Teachers Association (LInMA)

whose main objective is to develop a creative methodological work of Lithuanian computer science and information technology teachers and lecturers, their expertise development, to summarize and disseminate the experience of its members by mastering new technologies and teaching methods and to actively participate in establishing the knowledge society.

Members