The Italian coalition joins the program of the EU Commission for digital skills and professions
The pandemic, and the health emergency, highlighted the lack of technological skills in the Italian population: at a time when we talk about smart working, online lessons and video conferences, a strong discrepancy emerged in accessing the network and everything we use it for in Italy (more playful and less working.) The estimates of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), presented that Italy has insufficient digital growth, which negatively affects various social and economic aspects of the country.
To answer the problem, the Digital Republic was born, a national initiative promoted by the Department for digital transformation of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, part of the ‘Italy 2025’ strategy for innovation and digitalisation of the country. Italia 2025 aims, through awareness campaigns and training courses, to combat the phenomenon of digital illiteracy, encourage the development of the digital skills of workers and increase the percentage of ICT specialists, thus reaching the levels of other European countries. Digital Republic is divided into a series of activities carried out in collaboration with other public, private and non-profit entities through the adhesion to a poster for digital inclusion; to date 90 public and private entities (including several Ministries) are members, for a total of over 100 initiatives.
A few days ago the Minister for technological innovation and digitisation, Paola Pisano (who is always involved in the project) launched the Italian National Coalition: “In Italy it is necessary to reduce the digital divide in the workforce, which is often wider than in most other countries. European, through the assistance of skills. To solve these obstacles, which prevent the effectiveness of any digital transformation program, we launched the National Coalition, the organisation of the ‘Digital Republic’ initiative. With the coalition, we want to involve as many stakeholders as possible in order to foster cultural change and improve the skills needed to fully realise the benefits of digital transformation.”
The Italian coalition joins the European Commission’s ‘Coalition for digital skills and professions’, one of the ten key initiatives introduced in 2016 by the European Commission to respond to the ever-growing need for digital skills. The European Commission aims to establish a national coalition in all Member States by 2020 with the aim of training young professionals in the ICT sector. The Italy that had joined the program launched the Italian national coalition last April (8th.) With the accession of Italy, today 24 countries are participating in the program.