Nokia, Telefónica, HP and others pledge support for new EU digital skills coalition

In a boost to tech hopes, the European Commission has announced a digital skills coalition that brings together high-profile companies to help fill around 700,000 unfilled ICT jobs.
Vice President of the EU Commission, Neelie Kroes pointed out on her blog earlier this week that getting the right skills and jobs together to help give Europe a competitive edge was her mission at Davos this year.
According to the EU Commission, the number of digital vacancies across the continent is growing but the number of graduates and other ICT works with the required skills is shrinking.
In order to combat this, the coalition is taking pledges from companies that can offer training, free online university courses and startup cash to get things going. So far Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Nokia, Telefónica, Randstad, SAP, ENI, Telenor Group and ARM have made pledges.
The CIO community, CEPIS (Council of European Professional Informatics Societies) and Digital Europe are also among those who have made a commitment for action.
Kroes is clearly delighted with the existing commitments and has taken to Twitter to express this saying that companies at Davos have been approaching her to pledge their support.


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