Digital Skills Bridge
The Digital Skills Bridge programme was launched by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy of Luxembourg (ADEM) as a targeted action to support companies, businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in upskilling and reskilling employees in digital technologies.
On a broader level, the initiative also aimed to contribute to advancing overall digital competence levels, facilitating technological integration and improving the availability and access of citizens, employees and jobseekers to digital services.
The initiative included a feasibility study and two pilot projects. The first pilot project, which ran from May 2018 to November 2019, had two main goals:
- Tackling the reduction in labour and certain professions and skills as a result of automation and new digital developments, whilst assessing the market and sectoral dynamics bringing about the need for digital skills.
- Addressing skills mismatches and minimising the negative impact of digitalisation on employment.
To achieve these goals, the project conducted a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the most affected digital competences to identify the most adequate course of action for affected employees. Digital Skills Bridge also supported the overall reskilling and upskilling process through the provision of training, counselling, coaching, quality assurance and financial support. Companies wishing to train their employees for the digital transformation as well as companies looking for new skilled employees were eligible to participate. The results of the pilot project are exploited by ADEM to build future services and support for affected companies and employees and contribute to the development of digital competences for citizens and workforce in Luxembourg.