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    DELSA Project Digital Skills & Competencies Composite Country Snapshot Report

    Kenny, Michael and Hyland, Sinead (2019) DELSA Project Digital Skills & Competencies Composite Country Snapshot Report. Project Report. DELSA Project Consortium,

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    The EC Europe 2020 plan includes a digital single market strategy to promote better online access to goods and services across Europe, create an optimal environment for digital networks and services, and to take full advantage of the digital economy as a potential driver for growth. Europe is experiencing a digital job shortage, increasing at 4% per year, and there is a gap between the demand for digital skills and the actual skills among European citizens. This gap is primarily due to low digital competence levels, since connectivity and access to basic ICT infrastructure is widely available Europe-wide. Over 219 million EU households (99.9%) had access to at least one of the main fixed or mobile broadband access technologies according to the Broadband Coverage in Europe 2017 Report. In contrast 17% of the EU population have no digital skills (2017), and the share of EU citizens without basic digital skills is 43% according to the Digital Skills Indicator, a composite indicator based on the Digital Competence Framework for Citizens. These figures imply levels of digital exclusion risk for 43% of the EU population in a context of rapid community and economy digitisation. Further, 35% of the EU labour force did not have at least basic digital skills (in 2017) which are now required in most jobs, predominantly because they did not use the internet. The DELSA Project is a two-year EASMUS+ project with five country partners and one pan-European partner working collectively to develop free open source digital skill training materials for upskilling adults with minimal digital capability. The rational of the project is that better digital skills help improve productivity, increase the opportunities of finding a job and help balance personal and professional lives. Citizens without digital awareness or digital skills cannot access digital government services and employment opportunities that almost universally require digital skills. This report maps digital skills and competencies in participating countries and proposes online learning modules to support digital education to up-skill adult learners.

    Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
    Additional Information: The report "DELSA Project Digital Skills & Competencies Composite Country Snapshot" provided the baseline to identify and prepare learning modules for online open access digital education.
    Keywords: Digital; Competencies; Adult Education; Digital Education; Adult Learning; ERASMUS+; Connectivity; Human Capital; Internet use; Digital Technology; Digital Public Services;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 11784
    Depositing User: Mr. Michael Kenny
    Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 11:30
    Publisher: DELSA Project Consortium
    Funders: ERASMUS European Commission
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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