Leading Europe’s Advanced Digital Skills by providing knowledge, guidance, and best practices to shape the digital future

Understanding LeADS objectives:

Over the past decade, significant progress has been made in the areas of advanced technologies. This has created challenges where an individual’s level of digital skills influences their successful employment and engagement with society.

During the Covid19 pandemic, European member states made significant progress in their digitalisation efforts. However, Europe (EU) is still struggling to tackle the gaps in digital skills, ensuring access to high-quality digital training and skills for workers and citizens. The data of the 2022 DESI report show that only 54% of Europeans aged between 16-74 have at least basic digital skills. The digital decade target is at least 80% of citizens by 2030.

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LeADS, in the context of the Digital Europe Programme, aims to deliver insights into the changing Advanced Digital Skills (ADS) demands within a dynamic technological development context and current digital transformation to equip the education and training communities by providing roadmaps and guidelines.

LeADS activities will ensure that all interventions related to advanced digital skills are in line with gaps present in the market, working closely with industries for the uptake of training, reskilling, and upskilling the workforce and communities.

 

LEADS FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR ADVANCED DIGITAL SKILLS:

LeADS will act across three key areas within which it will develop key knowledge and insights that will be translated into actions and guidance through active engagement with the broader education and training community and the SPECIALISED cohort of projects.

1. KNOWLEDGE GENERATION

  • Monitoring and analysing technology and business trends driving the digital societal transformation.
  • Performing an extensive review and mapping of existing training programmes offered by universities, business schools, and vocational programmes in key technological areas.
  • Conducting a gap analysis of the demand and supply side to highlight the emerging gaps that can be addressed by new education and training approaches.

2. ECOSYSTEM ENGAGEMENT

  • Provide insights on how education programmes can be best designed.
  • Addresses the academic and training community across Europe through workshops and platforms to moderate the outcomes of the gaps analysis and develop guidelines for supporting effective programmes, initiatives, and practices.
  • Work with the selected SPECIALISED master’s courses to create a collaborative structure across the projects, ensuring the greatest impact can be achieved within the Advanced Digital Skills elements.
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3. COMMUNICATION AND RECRUITMENT

  • Maximise the awareness and impact of the Advanced Digital Skills Initiative, supporting the establishment of a cohesive and synergic ecosystem.
  • Promote the stakeholders’ participation in surveys and activities aimed at collecting their contributions to the digital skills demand and gaps mapping.

Read about our activities, news, blogs, publications, and events that help find solutions for the digital divide in Europe.

 

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LeADS project is a part of Digital Skills and Jobs Platform.

Partners:

BluSpecs
IDC
Politecnica de Madrid
AIOTI
BDV
Trinity College Dublin
SDU
Gruppo Maggioli
Martel Innovate