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EIT Digital's "The Future of Education for Digital Skills" is part of the EIT Digital Makers & Shapers report series.

In this new report EIT Digital evaluates the issues of digital skills and digital specialisation in particular, taking into account the education and training offer in the broad sense presented by both the public and private sectors, identifying the major gaps, and extracting future scenarios from them.

Once analysed the main trends both in the public and private training offering, the report identifies four main gaps:

  • Clear fragmentation across Europe in the approach towards digital competences
  • On average, European institutions at university level for specialised digital skills are slow to change their curricula and adapting to the dynamism of the labour market needs
  • Lack of private sector offer addressing the average level of the digital skills
  • The offers of the technology giants and specialised structures in the private sector tend to focus on their own labour market needs and to be exclusive

According to EIT Digital these main gaps may lead to four extreme scenarios, based on different future evolutions in both public and private sector supply of providing general and specialised digital skills: 'Digital Selectiveness’, 'Digital Plenitude', 'Digital Widening’ and 'Digital Deprivation'.

3 recommendations to enhance the education for digital skills

Based on the foresight scenarios, the report provides three recommendations that can help to move forward the best scenario, 'Digital Plenitude':

   1. The entire European public education system, at all levels, needs to urgently modernise the largely outdated digital education programs.

   2. The scattered private digital education initiatives should move to a complementary, broader, and better coordinated overall offering of digital skills initiatives.

   3. In order to improve overall quality, efficiency, and effectiveness, pan-European digital skills initiatives, networks, and ecosystems must be better coordinated.

Check the full analysis on EIT digital website.

Skills intelligence publication details

Target audience
Digital skills in education.
Digital technology / specialisation
Digital skill level
Geographic scope - Country
Industry - field of education and training
Education not further defined
Work skills
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) not further defined
Geographical sphere
International initiative
Publication type