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An assessment of effective e-skills and ICT training programs supporting access to the labour market for diverse populations

The aim is to gain practical insight into the effectiveness of different types of ICT training initiatives to prepare and place jobseekers into meaningful tech jobs, with a focus on promoting inclusive access to diverse populations.

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ICT skills challenges of today and tomorrow

Current estimates from e-Skills in Europe (2017) report increases in the demand for e-skills but also significant gaps, shortages and mismatches in information technology (IT) professions. Forecasts for the year 2020 show the e-skills gap of IT professionals in Europe to be around 500,000 — which is an increase of almost 38 percent from 2015.[1]

There is a vast occupational potential, which can be realised by increasing the share of employed women in the ICT domain; by training vulnerable youth; by providing support to unemployed professionals; and by providing e-skills development for migrants and refugees. These actions can help diverse populations in entering the labour market, hence creating a smart and inclusive economy with more equal opportunities.

ICT training programs and state policies to promote e-skills can help close the e-skills gap.

Public and private actors in various countries are already addressing the challenges arising from the e-skills gap. Governments, academic institutes, nonprofits and IT vendors are collaborating to plug the e-skills gap and leverage up and coming digital talent through dedicated programs and initiatives.

Within this context, this project aims to perform an in-depth analysis of inclusive training programs and initiatives in France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Spain, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

[1] Hüsing, T., Korte, W., Dashja, E.: e-Skills in Europe - Trends and Forecasts for the European ICT Professional and Digital Leadership Labour Markets (2015-2020). empirica Working Paper, 2017 (forthcoming)

Industry training and certification

Major industry stakeholders in Germany play a key role in providing ICT training and certification for increasingly diverse groups.

Country Report

Opportunities for the future

France targets public policy toward digital inclusion and jobs for youth by offering comprehensive ICT education and training.

Country Report

Rising global demand for ICT talent

Ireland pledges to meet the rising global demand for high-level ICT skills by nurturing ICT talent through digital training programmes.

Country Report

Adapting education to meet demand

Poland offers a large variety of digital training programmes to modernise its education system and meet rising ICT demand.

Country Report

ICT training fostering job creation

National and global actors join forces to digitally upskill youth in South Africa to combat unemployment by creating new jobs.

Country Report

Inclusive information society

Digital training programmes in Spain aspire to create an inclusive information society through public-private collaboration.

Country Report

Empowering women in STEM

Digital training programmes in the UK seek to empower women to succeed in STEM careers and reduce gender disparity.

Country Report

Project Objectives

The project will conduct an evaluation and assessment of e-Skills and ICT training programs to support diverse populations to enter the labor market.

It will identify and analyse ICT training programs that aim to prepare and place jobseekers into meaningful tech jobs, with focus on diverse target groups, including women, vulnerable youth with low educational achievement or from difficult socio-economic backgrounds, migrants, unemployed adults changing careers.

The geographic focus is on Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Poland and South Africa.

The work product shall inform policy development on the European and national level, and provide practical recommendations to non-profit organisations and training providers.

The project outcomes will include a report on effectiveness of inclusive Information and Communications Technology (ICT) programs, which is accessible to a wide audience with an overview of relevant EU and national policy frameworks, an analysis and forecast of supply/demand for ICT skills in selected countries, evaluation of effectiveness of selected best practices, according to a standardised taxonomy, recommendations providing practical insights for policy makers and implementing organisations.

Around 300 inclusive ICT training programs will be reviewed, a repository of around 60 initiatives established, and approx. 25 best practices selected and documented. Furthermore a dissemination strategy will be formulated, a web portal created and promoted through social media. A large regional event targeting 50-100 participants and 3 one-day workshops with roundtables inviting experts and stakeholders on the country-level will be organised.



The project is conducted by empirica

Supported by J.P. Morgan