The launching event of the "Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Lëtzebuerg (DSJC-L)", organized and moderated by the "Luxembourg Institute for Digital Training (LIDIT)", a dedicated unit for ongoing digital trainings of the Competence Center ICT, took place on May 29, 2017.
The event, which attracted around 800 guests throughout the day, was a complete success. This mainly because three ministers, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Minister of Education Claude Meisch and Labor Minister Nicolas Schmit, demonstrated their sustained commitment to a targeted digitalization of the economy and society of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg by their personal participation in the opening press conference, attended by also by Prof. Marc Ant (CC-ICT) and Claudine Kariger (SMC).
Around 400 participants greeted the Keynote Speech of Prime Minister Xavier Bettel in the afternoon and followed with great interest the roundtable moderated by Prof. Dr. Marc Ant. Participants in the panel discussion were Claude Meisch (Minister of Education and Youth), Romain Schmit (FDA), Claudine Kariger (SMC), Isabelle Schlesser (Adem), Jean-Paul Hengen (Luxinnovation) and Nico Binsfeld (HoT).
Lucien André Reuter, project manager at LIDIT, led the day. He succeeded in winning top decision makers of important international ICT players such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft, to name only the largest, for the Launching Event of the DSJC-L.
As in the rest of Europe, the digital economy is growing at an unprecedented speed in Luxembourg. For the Grand-Duchy to maximize its opportunities, the education and training system must make available the required skills to the labor market at all levels.
To tackle the lack of digital skills in Europe, the European Commission launched the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition to encourage Member States to solve this problem by rallying public and private actors in digital skills and jobs coalitions on a national level.
Developing a digital talent pool is crucial for the Digital Single Market, for European competitiveness and for our digital society to remain inclusive.
Luxembourg is therefore proud to have launched its Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Lëtzebuerg as an open network of all public and private stakeholders active in the promotion of digital skills in Luxembourg. They are encouraged to join the National Coalition to address the digital skills gap. In line with the Digital Lëtzebuerg initiative, the National Coalition focuses on all aspects of digitalization of our economy and society and strives to develop concrete measures through active involvement in order to bring digital skills and competences to all levels of the economy and society and to share best practices.