European Parliament Confirms Importance of Digital Skills for Healthy Economy

european_parliamentThe European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (CESA) has adopted an opinion on digitising European industry. The opinion stresses the need to address the significant differences in the level of digital skills of workers within and between different Member States, since such gaps have a negative impact on development opportunities and on the labour market. The CESA calls on the Member States to ensure access to training in 21st century skills (digital skills, critical thinking, problem solving, teamworking and using big data) and stresses the role of employers in organising and funding training that allows workers to enhance their digital skills and qualifications. It also emphasises the importance of lifelong learning for all workers in the digital era and calls on the European Commission and the Member States to ensure that workers who have lost their jobs have rapid access to retraining in digital skills.

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