It’s all very well measuring skills, but how does that help to address shortcomings on the ground?

  • Date: 06/04/20
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EU4Digital has developed a common methodology for measuring and benchmarking digital skills gaps, thus enabling an evidence-based targeting of activities in identified problem areas and measurement of the impact of digital skills activities and strategic targets. 

Availability of data plays a key role in the development of digital skills strategies in Eastern partner countries and their harmonisation with European level strategies. A part of eSkills activities is focused on developing a clear and concise methodology for measuring digital skills gaps in the Eastern partner countries that will consider the background of any individual country and tailor the approach of the methodology accordingly.

A harmonised digital skills measurement approach allows for the identification of skills shortages, mismatches and gaps, in order to seek remedies and assess the impact of regional and national initiatives. Harmonised data measurement also makes it possible to compare the individual progress in digital skills development among the Eastern partner countries and in comparison with EU countries.

The development of a common methodology for measuring and forecasting national digital skills gaps in the Eastern partner countries will enable:

  • Tailoring national-level development strategies to concrete data measured in line with EU practices and will help to identify concrete problem areas and supply and demand gaps;
  • A common approach to collecting digital skills related data that will enable comparison between Eastern partner countries and the EU and allow countries to seek joint solutions to digital skills related issues;
  • Systematic and regular measurement to serve as the basis to predict the future needs of the labour market in relation to digital skills.