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Digital Skills and Jobs Platform: the one-stop-shop to close Europe’s digital skills gap

National stakeholders and the European Commission have joined forces to create the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform to accelerate digital upskilling in Europe.

The platform, being unveiled today, will become a unique reference point for digital skills enabling all Europeans – citizens, businesses and public organisations – to make the most of the digital transformation of our society and economy. The platform will function jointly with the 25 national coalitions for digital skills and contribute to reaching the EU’s Digital Decade targets.

Funded by the Connecting Europe Facility at the request of the EU Member States, the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform brings together best practices in digital skills, resources and the main actors in the field, to make a tangible impact on both basic and advanced digital skills. In the near future, smart functionalities such as a self-assessment tool, multilingual content and online courses on emerging technologies will become available and make it easy for anyone to find the right resource from the best available online today.

Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton said:

Whether looking for a new job or starting a business, digital skills are key to success. Bringing together hundreds of initiatives from around Europe, the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform is a unique place for citizens to enhance their learning experiences and to discover new opportunities

The platform is designed as a know-how exchange for the National coalitions for digital skills and jobs, companies, and other stakeholders to easily share and present local content, data and experience. The platform will encourage new partnerships across borders and help replicate successful initiatives across Europe.

Jointly with the Digital Europe Programme and the European Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, the Platform will be an essential tool in reaching the objectives of Europe’s Digital Decade which is that80% of Europeans will have basic digital skills and 20 million digital technology experts will be employed in the EU by 2030. It will complement EU countries’ reforms and investments triggered by the Recovery and Resilience Facility and highlight successful projects supported by EU programmes such as ESIF, Erasmus+ or Horizon Europe.

Background

The 2020 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) shows that 42% of Europeans do not have even basic digital skills. 54% of small and medium-sized enterprises who try to recruit digital experts experience difficulties in filling these vacancies. At the same time, information and resources on digital skills, training and funding opportunities are often fragmented and unevenly distributed, especially across borders. Closing the digital skills gap requires a collaborative approach with a single point for high-quality information, opportunities and an engaged community.

Thanks to the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform, users can navigate through relevant national and European initiatives, inspirational projects, digital trends and resources, all in one place. The Platform also offers an active community space for discussions and collaboration.

Regular reskilling and upskilling is the rule with fast-changing technologies, and the platform aims to become people’s reference point for their life-long digital learning journey, independently of their skills level or thematic interest.

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What was the primary goal of this project?

To offer a platform for public servants to test and improve their digital skills. These competences are crucial when high quality digital services are needed (especially in times like the COVID-19 pandemic).

Why was such platform needed?

  • In the International Civil Service Effectiveness Index (InCiSE, 2019) Lithuania is 36 out of 38 OECD countries in the public servants’ competence area.
  • According to our survey of 255 Lithuanian public servants who work at government ministries, 68% of the respondents said that they either are not aware of or do not have an opportunity to develop their (digital) skills in their workplace.
  • In a series of interviews we conducted, a significant number of experts who are responsible for human resource management at the Lithuanian ministries reported that: most institutions do not invest enough money into their employees’ competences, the frequent political changes  do not allow for a strategic skills development process to be in place, and the lack of human resources to manage skills development within the organization are all significant barriers to skills development across the ministries.
  • During the interview process and a roundtable discussion, the “one-stop shop” idea of the Digital Lithuania Academy platform was presented to the representatives of the public, private and non-governmental sectors. They all agreed that a highly interactive and simple to use online tool could be a single place, where skills could be tested and improved upon, as well as host a database of company initiatives that could be contracted to train public servants’ digital skills in person.

What has the team achieved?

  • Analysed the current situation of digital competences among the public sector employees by investigating international ratings, local agency reports, and conducting a survey in which around 10% of public servants self-assessed their skills.
  • Compiled a summary of good international practices that are used to train public sector employees to embrace digitization. We looked at the GDS (Government Digital Service) of the United Kingdom, e-Estonia initiative of Estonia, “Smart Nation Singapore” strategy of Singapore and Agency for Digitization of Denmark.
  • Conducted an interview cycle with 7 of the 14 Lithuanian ministry representatives about the practices of organizing trainings for public sector employees.
  • Developed a theoretical model of the “Digital Lithuania Academy” platform and build a prototype of it which was tested with a group of public and private sector and NGO representatives.
  • Developed partnerships with governmental institutions such as IT and Communications department at the Ministry of the Interior, Information Society Development Committee, National Digital Coalition, GovTech Lab Lithuania, Microsoft Lithuania, association “Langas į ateitį”, Talentator and others.
  • Organized 2 event series for Lithuania’s public servants – “Digital Lithuania Academy forum” and “Digital Lunch&Learn”. Events covered various topics about digital skills and tendencies.

Digital Skills and Jobs Conference 2017

On 8 December 2017 Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Conference was held in Brussels, where also attended representatives from Lithuania National Digital Coalition, Ministry of Transport and Communications and Digital Champion of Lithuania.

During the conference European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel outlined her vision for future digital skills policy in Europe. She also launched the Digital Opportunity Traineeship project and awarded five outstanding digital skills projects the European Digital Skills Awards 2017.

At European National Digital Coalition representatives and Digital Champions meetings attendees shared their experiences.

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4th European Social Media Conference July 3rd-4th

July 3rd-4th, 2017, the 4th European Conference on Social Media was held at Mykolas Romeris University (MRU). 

The Welcome Address and Opening Speeches were delivered by Conference and Programme Chairs: MRU Prof. Aelita Skaržauskienė and MRU Research and Innovation Support Centre Head Dr. Nomeda Gudelienė. 

Lithuanian Robotics Association Director Dr. Edgaras Leichteris discussed, Society in the Cloud: What’s the Future of Digitalisation?

Academics and researchers from over 40 countries attended and made presentations. 

They included South Africa’s Cape Town University Information Systems Dept. Assoc. Prof. Kevin Johnston’s presentation on July 3rd discussing the Impact of the Gig Economy: Uber and AirBnB. 

Also on July 3rd, Israel’s Ariel University Dan Ophir and Poland’s Warsaw School of Economics Piotr Wisniewski had discussed, “Social Media as an Asset Management Strategy.”

Other researchers participating in the Conference came from: Austria, Australia, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, India, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Portugal, Finland, the U.K., U.S. and other countries. Registered particiations was 85.

Conference Programme here.

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Launch of the European Digital Skills Awards 2017

The European Commission is launching the second European Digital Skills Awards.
Companies and other organizations are invited to submit projects they have implemented to improve digital skills in Europe for the awards.

The best 4 projects designed at improving the digital skills of citizens, the labour force, ICT professional and in education will receive an award.
A fifth award will go to the best project which also address the needs of women and girls.

More information can be found here.

The application form.

“Computer Days 2017” took place at Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius University

The bi-annual event “Computer Days 2017” (“Kompiuterininkų dienos 2017”), organized by Lithuanian Computer Society (LIKS) took place on 21-22 September at Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius University. One of the key partners of the event this year was the National Digital Coalition.

IT news in Lithuania and Europe were presented at the plenary session of conference.

After greetings from the dean of the Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius University and the representative of the Kaunas municipality, vice-minister of Education and Science Gražvydas Kazakevičius spoke about the influence of the changing world on education and the challenges for our country.

Head of the Information Society Development Division of the Ministry of Transport and Communications Dr. Aušra Kumetaitienė presented the project of the renewed programme “Digital Agenda for Lithuania”, which will be approved by the end of this year.

Information Society Development Programme “2014-2020 Digital Agenda for Lithuania” was approved in 2014, but it was decided to review and update it in light of current issues. Several working groups were set up for this purpose. The members of the National Digital Coalition formed one of the working groups that have made proposals for updating the goals and problems of the Objective 1 of this program.

“Digital Europe” representative Katarzyna Kozioł spoke about the goals and activities of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, highlighted the lack of digital skills and ICT professionals in Europe, and what initiatives and actions the European Commission is taking to address these issues. She also spoke about National Coalitions created in other countries.

Loreta Križinauskienė, Director of the Association “Langas į ateitį”, provided information on the National Digital Coalition in Lithuania, the reasons why this coalition was created, as well as its goals and objectives.

Digital Champion of Lithuania Dr. Renata Danielienė provided information on the place Lithuania occupies in Europe according to the level of digital skills of all Lithuanian residents and labor market participants based on the statistics of the DESI (Digital Economy and Society Index).

Representative of the Ministry of Education and Science dr. Vaino Brazdeikis introduced the “The Digital Competence Framework for Citizens DigComp 2.0” translated in Lithuanian.

Monika Simaškaitė, a representative of “Infobalt”, spoke about the need for IT specialists in Lithuania.

“Danske Bank” representative Dr. Vytautas Ašeris introduced the report “Chasing Gen Z. How to inspire learning?”

“Smart Factory” representative Domantas Ozerenskis presented the report “Challenges of 3D Printing Technology in the Perspective of Computer Sciences”.

On the second day of the event, training sessions in the sections of the conference for IT and primary school teachers, students and anyone interested took place. During the seminars, the lecturers spoke about e-security, its importance, social engineering, potential threats on the Internet, design rules for creating presentations, 3D printing for science and industry, etc.

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Computer Days – 2017

LIKS logoThe Lithuanian Computer Society (Lietuvos kompiuterininkų sąjunga) is happy to invite you to participate in a biennial multi-event Computer Days – 2017 (Kompiuterininkų dienos – 2017) to be held on September 21–22, 2017 at the Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius University, Lithuania.

The main objective of the “Computer Days – 2017” is to provide a forum for presentation, discussion and dissemination of research, technological and educational accomplishments in the field of Information Society Technologies. The multi-event traditionally brings together computer scientists, engineers, educationalists, teachers and students, managers, SME personnel and managers, public sector representatives and politicians to summarise the recent achievements and to discuss further directions in the field.

The multi-event “Computer Days – 2017” is composed of the following simultaneous events:

  • 18th Computer Science Scientific Conference – covers a wide range of research topics in the areas of theoretical and applied Computer Science, Information and Communication Technologies, Information Society Services, etc.;
  • 13th Conference on Informatics in School Education;
  • 3rd Conference on E-Learning and Smart Technologies;
  • Workshop on Information Society Development Issues;
  • Tutorials for IT teachers, doctoral, post- and under- graduate students;
  • A hands-on Workshop for primary school teachers: why are the “Bebras” tasks valuable?;
  • 15th Congress of the Lithuanian Computer Society;
  • Conference of Lithuanian Association of Informatics Teachers.

Individual scientists, teachers, educationalists are invited to participate as well as public and private institutions. Participants will be able to present scientific, science-popular, informative, reviewing papers in conferences, to attend discussions, present information about company, products and solutions. Possibility for advertising and demonstrating is provided. The sponsors are also welcomed.

Contacts

Computer Days – 2017
Lithuanian Computer Society (Lietuvos kompiuterininkų sąjunga)
Geležinio Vilko str. 12-113, LT-01112 Vilnius, Lithuania
Phone: (+370 5) 210 93 42
E-mail: liks@liks.lt

More information www.liks.lt/kodi_en

Supporters and partners: ECDL Lithuania, VU Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Infobalt Association, National Digital Coalition in Lithuania.

STA Team invites girls to join to a new e-learning course ‘Smart Business Technology’

Girls in Smart Tech (GIST) is one of the greatest programs in Lithuania for empowering young girls in technologies from secondary schools to universities. The Program is initiated by Smart Tech Academy (STA, www.smarttechacademy.eu/).

Smart Tech Academy has partners in all Europe for one purpose – to make a growth of young girls joining technology sector and studies in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) fields.

STA Team kindly invites girls from all Lithuania to join to a new e-learning course called ‘Smart Business Technology’.

This course is aimed to introduce girls to business fundamentals, business creation process, business management and finance management. Students will develop their abilities to evaluate business data and make decisions.

Main competences developed in the course – entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation.

Smart Tech Academy Team believes that a support from the young age will lead young women to choose their careers into technologies.

Summer Camps for LT Children Interested in Technology

Rural Internet Access Points Association, a member of the Digital Skills and Coalition for Jobs in Lithuania, has been organising summer camps for children and teens (10-14) for the second year in a row. 100 active kids took part in the camp activities in a lovely out of town place Kurtuvėnai, Šiauliai district.

The camp’s programme includes teamwork and collaboration, discovering Lithuanian nature and understanding technology. The camp is designed to spark curiosity and build confidence in tech.  Blended technology learning with summer camp activities create a well-rounded summer camp experience. Sessions are two-weeks long so campers have time to become a part of the community while learning new skills, participating in outdoor and many other activities. Children can develop or advance their skills in 3D modelling, mobile application development, drone flight management and LittleBits electronic building blocks.

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