Estonia - Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition
The Estonian National Digital skills and Jobs Coalition was first established in 2017 and coordinated by Vaata Maailma foundation.
The main priority of the Coalition is to decrease the digital skills gap by focusing on programmes that can train large portions of the population in digital skills. The coalition includes policy makers-service providers and information technology (IT) training companies. It has developed self-funded and large-scale training initiatives that aim to lessen the digital skills gap. The purpose of these activities is to lower the number of people in Estonia that do not use computers or the Internet to 5%.
The Coalition has initiated several nationwide projects in Estonia, such as E-citizens project, Industry DigiABC and Smart Academy. Currently, the Estonian Coalition is undergoing an update, and digital skills activities are coordinated by the Ministry of Education and Research in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and the Ministry of Social Affairs.
National coalition details
The main priorities for digital skills development in Estonia are:
- Incorporating a digital culture into the learning process.
- Supporting digital learning resources in schools.
- Enabling access to a modern digital infrastructure for learning and teaching.
- Creating and implementing assessment models for digital competence.
- Creating learning opportunities for adults to acquire digital competences.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs, Education and Youth Board of Estonia, information and communication technology (ICT) sector and start-ups, ICT associations, as well as other partners representing government bodies, universities, associations, training centres, and other organisations involved in youth and adult education, including non-formal education.