Digital Opportunity traineeships: boosting digital skills on the job

The Digital Opportunity traineeship initiative will be launched on 7 December 2017. This pilot project will provide cross-border traineeships for up to 6,000 students and recent graduates in 2018-2020. The aim is to give students of all disciplines the opportunity to get hands on digital experience in fields demanded by the market.

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Many companies say that young people leaving education are not ready for the workplace. More than 40% of business in Europe looking for ICT specialists say they have difficulty finding the right people. The Commission sets up the “Digital Opportunity” traineeship scheme to help respond to the challenge.

The Digital Opportunity traineeship

The Digital Opportunity trainees will strengthen ICT specific skills, in fields like cybersecurity, big data, quantum technology and machine learning or boost digital skills for business in areas like web design, digital marketing, and software development. The first traineeships will start in June 2018 and the interns will receive an allowance of around 500 EUR per month, for maximum five months.

The pilot project will be financed by Horizon 2020 and implemented through Erasmus+. Interested students and recent graduates can apply through their university, according to the timing and mechanisms established by the university for Erasmus+ traineeships. The pilot project is open to all Erasmus+ Programme Countries and to the Horizon 2020 Associated Countries.

Is your company willing to host trainees?

Enterprises who are members of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and businesses active in Horizon 2020, are at the core of the initiative, but all companies are welcome to offer digital traineeships.

Companies willing to host trainees should publish their offers on ErasmusIntern and Drop’pin, or advertise them through direct contacts with universities career offices.

In the lead-up to the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Conference on 7 December 2017, the European Commission is also collecting offers. If your company wants to offer traineeships, please contact DG Connect.