Digital Opportunity – a call for SMEs to provide digital skills for Europe

Today, the European Commission launched Digital Opportunity, a new initiative to fund cross-border traineeships in ICT companies. Young ICT professionals that enroll in the program will receive an allowance of 500 euros per month. By this initiative, the Commission aims at training additional new ICT practitioners to cope with the shortage of skilled workforce in the digital economy.

‘Europe’s industry is lacking some half million ICT professionals. This affects mostly SMEs that, compared to larger companies, have higher difficulties in attracting skilled people. Today, the European SMEs, the front-runners of innovation and growth in Europe, are given a chance to offer the best hands-on working experience to those students and young practitioners who will be driving Europe digital sector in the forthcoming’ said Oliver Grün, President of European DIGITAL SME Alliance at the Digital Opportunity opening ceremony.

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