Europe has probably just fielded the best-educated generation it has ever had but sadly in many countries their hopes are blighted by high unemployment, the president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz said at the Digital Skills Academy in Dublin yesterday.
Schulz, who was visiting Dublin ahead of Ireland’s presidency of the EU next year, pointed out that having digital skills remains one of the best opportunities for finding a job today.
In the IT sector alone in Ireland, 5,000 jobs have been announced since the start of the year.
Schulz was attending a showcase event yesterday where graduates of the academy’s WebElevate programme demonstrated a range of apps, websites and online videos developed for industry partners like BT Ireland, Telefónica, Gill & Macmillan, Digiweb, Pigsback.com and Oracle.
“If there is a will to fight against the misery linked to such unemployment of young people then initiatives like the Digital Skills Academy should be supported.
“The EU has perhaps the best educated generation the continent ever had, yet has such a high degree of unemployment, and this needs to be tackled,” Schulz said.