In the report 10 trends transforming education as we know it, the European Commission lists Digital Literacy as a growing trend and point of focus for an inclusive digital transformation.

For the first time in history, young people are better equipped with skills in demand than the older generation. This indicates a growing generational gap in terms of digital skills and the potential exclusion of skilled workers from the labour market. With the majority of industries and organizations turning towards digital transformation such as e-government, online shopping, banking, and smart mobility, lack of basic digital skills may drive those lacking in digital literacy not only out of work but also out of society. Digital skills are no longer an option but a necessity.

Moreover, ​​The Covid-19 pandemic further exposed how essential digital competencies are in day-to-day lives. Considering that 42% of Europeans do not have sufficient digital literacy to tackle the new challenges of the digital transformation this new pandemic reality has increased a pressure to find solutions to this literacy gap.

Digital skills use

Source: Cedefop Skills Panorama, Digital skills use, own calculations.

Seeing this growing need European Commission established a variety of programmes aiming to train Europeans. The following initiatives represent a goal of expanding the talent pool in Europe so that everyone can join the digital transformation and equally benefit from innovation across different sectors:

Learn more about the European commission’s plans for Resetting education and training for the digital age.