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 labour 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 invites National governments, education and training sectors, ICT companies and non-governmental organizations to join the coalition.
Through this Coalition, institutions, companies and organizations coordinating the promotion of a knowledge-based society in Luxembourg, promoting and developing digital skills of young people and the community at large and training ICT professionals agreed to form the National Digital Coalition for the Promotion of Digital Skills for Jobs in Luxembourg
Find out more about the Partner of the Digital Skills Coalition Lëtzebuerg here
Programme of the Conference
The digital economy is growing at an unprecedented speed. For Luxembourg to maximize its opportunities, the education and training system must make available the required skills to the labour market at all levels.
To tackle the lack of digital skills in Europe, the European Commission launched the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition to encourage Member States to solve this problem by rallying public and private actors in digital skills and jobs coalitions on a national level.
Within this framework, all actors work together to increase the number of ICT literates as well as the establishment of direct links between education, training and business, or the standardization of qualification requirements.
Luxembourg is proud to launch its Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Lëtzebuerg. As an open network of actors, all public and private stakeholders active in the promotion of digital skills in Luxembourg are encouraged to join the National Coalition to address the digital skills gap. In line with the Digital Lëtzebuerg initiative, the National Coalition focuses on all aspects of digitalisation of our economy and society.
By connecting different stakeholders from the public and private sectors, the Coalition strives to develop concrete measures through active involvement in order to bring digital skills and competences to all levels of the economy and society. Moreover, the National Coalition pledges further coordinated action to identify and share best practices.
The Luxembourg Institute for Digital Training (LIDIT), coordinator of the National Coalition, together with all the partners of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Lëtzebuerg, is pleased to invite you to the official launch on 29th May.
The launch event starts at 2 pm with a set of workshops and information stands addressing different dimensions of digitalisation. It will be followed by an official evening programme in presence of Prime minister Xavier Bettel.
Introduction by Lucien André Reuter – LIDIT
Speech by Mrs. Yuriko Backes – Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Luxembourg
Speech by Mr. Björn Ottersten – Digital Champion Lux
Speech by Mr. Thierry Geerts – Google
Speech by Mr. Candi Carrera – Microsoft
Speech by Mr. Thomas Vilshoever – Amazon
Roundtable (in French):
The new digital age – Challenges and perspectives for education, employment and business in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
Claude Meisch – Minister of National Education
Jean-Paul Hengen – Luxinnovation / Luxembourg ICT Cluster
Isabelle Schlesser – Adem
Claudine Kariger – Digital Lëtzebuerg
Nico Binsfeld – ICT Luxembourg
Romain Schmidt – Fédération des Artisans
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Marc Ant
Information stands hosted by BEE CREATIVE, BEE SECURE and LIST to evaluate your digital skills and ICT literacy, to learn about the importance of IT-Security and get information about projects for children and youths.
Partners of the National Coalition
The Launching event is supported by: