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The European Commission seeks projects that promote digital skills

Posted on 17/10/2016
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Digital Skills. Source: European Commission

The European Commission announced the European Digital Skills Award 2016 in order to celebrate the most important projects that develop the digital skills of Europeans for work, education and life in general. You can participate until 30 October.

Through this award, the European Commission hopes to identify projects that have achieved significant and measurable impact. Therefore, initiatives that participate should have the possibility to be scalable and replicable to other regions or sectors.

The award is open to all projects, regardless of location or type of organization involved: individuals, organizations, businesses, public authorities, schools, universities, non-governmental organizations and associations. To participate you must complete the application form before 30 October 2016.

A jury of five experts in digital skills will evaluate the projects, taking into account the following factors: the impact achieved by the project, the synergies between the different actors involved, scalability and replicability of the initiative, as well as the effectiveness the project.

The winners and finalists will be selected in four categories of awards:

  • Digital skills for all - the development of digital skills to enable citizens to actively participate in our digital society.
  • Digital skills for the work force - the development of digital skills for the digital economy, for example, increase the training and retraining of employees, applicants for employment; actions on career guidance and counseling.
  • More and better ICT professionals in Europe - the development of digital skills for senior IT professionals in all industry sectors.
  • Digital skills in education - transforming teaching and learning digital skills in a lifelong learning perspective, including teacher training.

The winners and finalists will be invited to present their projects at the awards ceremony which will take place on 1 December 2016. The European Commission is committed to give them broadcast on media, its website and newsletters.

The best projects will receive the European Digital Skills Award 2016, 1 December in Brussels, at the hands of Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society conference during the launch of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition (Coalition digital skills and occupations).

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