The European Commission, DigitalEurope and European Schoolnet will hold the European e-Skills Week from 26 March this year to encourage people to develop digital skills to take advantage of future job opportunities.
The week aims to highlight the opportunities created through science, ICT, engineering and maths to combat the unemployment crisis. Industry research firm IDC estimates that 90pc of all jobs will involve a basic level of digital skills by 2015.
Companies such as Microsoft, Nokia, Cisco, Intel and SMEs across Europe, as well as education bodies and public authorities, will hold events and activities across 30 European countries to highlight the sector.
“The European e-Skills Week is a great initiative for you to get involved in to learn more about the skills you need to find a job,” said Marc Durando, executive director of European Schoolnet.
“ICT is not just programming; there are so many options to be had from using technology creatively. Some of the greatest jobs can be found through technology – imagine the world without Twitter or Facebook, which were built out of a passion for technology,” said Durando.
The first European e-Skills week was held in 2010. Some 445,000 people participated in 1,163 events across 35 countries.