Romania - Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition
The Romanian Coalition Skills 4IT was set up in August 2015 at the initiative of APDETIC and other stakeholders. The Romanian National Coalition (Skills4IT) is an open platform, which gathers different types of stakeholders (policy makers, ICT companies, associations, training providers and non-governmental organisations).
This initiative operates within the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, initiated by the European Commission in 2013. The platform organises activities, which focus on coding and information technology (IT) classes in schools, cybersecurity courses, and other educational events such as webinars and hackathons. The Romanian coalition was also involved in a series of IT equipment donations to schools in rural areas and to vulnerable communities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coalition's activities are aimed at different groups: education (40%), information and communication technology (ICT) professionals (30%), general population (15%) and labour force (15%).
National coalition details
- Develop digital skills of young people and students.
- Upgrade the skills and qualifications of trainers, teachers, and training providers.
- Strengthen the cooperation between the education sector and the IT industry.
- Generate public awareness of the need for digital upskilling and reskilling and increase overall trust in digital technologies.
- Increase awareness amongst employers of the urgent need to train and upskill employees.
- Upskill and reskill the labour force.
University of Bucharest, the Ministry of National Education, Scoala Informala de IT (The Informal School for IT), UPIR (Union of IT Teachers of Romania), ANOSR (National Alliance of Students’ Organisations of Romania), HP Romania, IBM Romania, Maguay, ANBPR (The National Public Libraries Association), eCivis, Junior Achievement (JA Romania), ARIES Transilvania, ECDL, EOS Romania Foundation (Educating for an Open Society).