IT suppliers, skills bodies and academics have gained European Commission backing to develop IT skills best practices across Europe, generate more investment in workforce skills, and combat digital illiteracy in Europe.
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Members of the new e-Skills Industry Leadership Board include Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle and a number of skills and training organisations such as IT trade association CompTIA, and EXIN, a global IT examination provider.
The e-Skills Leadership Board has agreed on four objectives. These include inspiring e-skills learning in future generations; promoting IT practitioner education, competencies and training; and boosting the employability of the workforce with IT user skills, including the deployment of multi-stakeholder partnerships.
The board expects to have some concrete recommendations for the EC by autumn.
According to EU statistics body Eurostat, there is an annual shortfall of 100,000 European IT graduates, compared to the industry demand.