In the context of persistent youth unemployment and skills mismatch across Europe, many companies find it increasingly difficult to fill in ICT vacancies. It is estimated that the ICT skills gap in the EU will reach 500,000 by 2020. To address this alarming situation, the Commission announced a pilot project to boost digital skills through internships. It aims to provide working experience in the digital field for 5,000-6,000 graduate students in 2018-2020.
PPMI was contracted to support the European Commission in the development of this pilot project. The assignment concerns gathering evidence on three general implementation aspects:
- requirements in terms of background for graduates undertaking the digital internships at different skills levels,
- curricula for digital internships and
- learning outcomes of digital internships.
To cover these questions, the study team will conduct an extensive interview programme with companies in 15 EU Member States and a web-based EU-wide company survey. The assignment was commissioned by the DG CONNECT. PPMI will implement the project together with partners CARSA (Spain) and EPRD (Poland). The final study findings are expected by May 2018.