Hungary - Digital Workforce Programme
The Digital Workforce Program developed by the Ministry of National Economy aims to digitally prepare current employees throughout sectors and occupations, and increase the number of professionals engaged in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector in Hungary. The Hungarian government is determined to create more new, high value-added jobs through digitalisation and mitigate future challenges to the labour market. To do this, the government collaborates with stakeholders to consolidate business approaches and promote the importance of a digitally-skilled workforce.
In the first phase of Digital Workforce Programme's implementation, the focus will be primarily on short-cycle, non-traditional IT training programs. The goal is to train at least another 20,000 IT professionals within 3 years compared to the existing training system. At the same time, it is essential to increase the capacity and content of traditional training systems and to develop alternative training pathways that provide the digital economy with a workforce with IT and digital skills.
The program sets out the following priorities:
- Digital skills for all citizens: ensure availability of Lifelong Learning of digital competences for citizens to guarantee their well-being.
- Digital skills for labour force: increase the availability of digital training of various professionals and support the development of upskilling and reskilling programmes for the public and private sector.
- Digital skills for ICT professionals: increase number of IT professionals, provide new training programs, and enhance existing ICT competences.
- Digital skills in education: ensure that all graduates leaving public education and training system have adequate digital competencies.
The Digital Workforce Programme is linked to Hungary’s Digital Success Programme and the Digital Education Programme.
Stakeholders from Ministries and governmental agencies are involved together with Industry representatives. Close cooperation with the National Digital skills and Jobs Coalition coordinated by the Association of Information, Telecommunications and Electronics Companies (IVSZ).