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Eu Commission Launches 'grand Coalition' to Tackle It Shortage

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Europe faces an IT skills shortage.

The European Commission has proposed the Grand Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs in a bid to close the gap in digital skills and jobs.

Credit: IT Pro

A grand coalition launched by the European Commission (EC) will address the information technology (IT) skills shortage in the European Union.

The region is not producing enough skilled IT graduates to keep pace with the approximately 100,000 IT jobs being added every year.

The EC plans to spend 1 million euros on the coalition.

"I want people to be open in their commitments, join forces where they see the chance, and recognize we need to do things differently," says digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes. "Quite simply, facing hundreds of thousands of unfilled vacancies, we cannot continue as we were, and we must all do our bit."

The EC estimates there will be 900,000 openings for IT-related roles within two years, and it is considering simplifying the certification system and making it easier to determine the skills of a graduate, regardless of where they studied or worked in the region.

Kroes also says companies need to focus more on what they can do to address the problem, and highlighted some promising initiatives.

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