Digital skills are a key factor for socioeconomic development and employability. Without them, It’s not possible to participate in the economy and the digital society, especially due to the digital transformation that the labor market is experiencing. Beyond the work environment, it also affects the way we live and even communicate.
This is why it is so important for governments to maintain their goals and seek new strategies to promote digital inclusion, literacy and the training of new ICT professionals.
The situation in Spain is weak, according to the index of economy and digital society, with low levels of digital skills and even the internet. According to the data collected, only 54% of Spaniards have basic digital skills.
The situation in Europe is very similar. There is a lack of a digital training workforce to fill job vacancies, despite high unemployment rates.
This is why it is so important to facilitate access to jobs and encourage companies to digital transformation. This can be achieved, among other things, with the development of training programs aimed at the digital industry. This way the possibility of developing high skills is offered, creating ICT professionals in all sectors of industry.
Depending on the experience of companies in the sector, they may even receive grants for the development of these digital training programs.
An example of this would be the call for proposals launched by Red.es, aimed at young people enrolled in the national youth guarantee system. Red.es is a public company of the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agency, whose function is to promote the development of the information society in Spain.
The plan they carry out, is endowed with 20 million euros to subsidize training programs, with the commitment to hire a minimum of 30% of the students for at least six months. This training includes topics such as big data, cybersecurity, cloud computing, innovation methodologies, e-commerce, programming in web and mobile technologies, etc.
The private sector also develops different initiatives to equip young people with digital skills in demand. An example would be the Digital Employment Plan from the Fundación Telefonica aimed at unemployed people between 18 and 35 years old. They offer free training in the most demanded technologies in the labour market, such as the development of mobile applications, video game programming or big data. This programme offers hiring opportunities and paid internships to the beneficiaries.