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Supporting digital skills development in European SMEs

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The original article can be found on the EASME website.

Digitalisation is amongst the various challenges that European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) must face in today’s climate. SMEs need to keep pace with current digital transformation and digitalisation in order to provide digital solutions and thus, keep up and keep their place in their respective markets.

One aspect of digitalisation for all companies big and small, is the skills that are needed to implement the new digital solutions, and how to acquire them. In order to respond to this need, the COSME “Skills for SMEs” project, which aims to research and support how SMEs can obtain the key skills needed in the fields of big data, internet of things (IoT) and cybersecurity, is helping SMEs to acquire those skills and not fall behind.

Digital transformation is important for SMEs as it can present unique opportunities. However in order to fully exploit those opportunities, SMEs must invest in training themselves and developing their digital skills in order to overcome existing skills gaps and mismatches.

The “Skills for SMEs” project worked with key experts and other stakeholders to collect information and identify ways to facilitate digital skills development for SMEs. One of the conclusions was that “ambitious skills policies and well-targeted supporting measures at EU and national level are of utmost importance to facilitate the access of SMEs to a larger European talent pool”.

To find out more about this project consult the brochure and for more detailed information have a look at the final report.

Digital Academy – A chance to develop digital skills

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Are you an SME looking for further digital skills training? Still looking for the exact training for your needs? Look no further!

The European Digital Academy was launched in early 2020 by the European Commission with support from the European Parliament. The project aims to make emerging technological information and knowledge more accessible to SMEs. The project is coordinated by the EUN Partnership together with the following partner organisations: DIGITALEUROPE, REAKTOR, European DIGITAL SME Alliance, and Public Libraries 2030.

As part of their efforts to build an information hub for SMEs, the European Digital Academy has launched a survey to assess the current training supply available to SMEs.

Take this opportunity to make your SME voice heard and fill out the survey about available trainings for SMEs and citizens right here.

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