Digital Skills

Limited access to and use of digital technologies in rural areas are accompanied by a lack of digital skills of different social groups (e.g. elderly people) and in businesses. This includes basic digital skills and competences, which allow individuals to interact online and consume digital goods and services as well as advanced skills, which empower the workforce to take advantage of technologies for enhanced productivity and economic growth.

To ensure that everyone can engage in and benefit from the digital economy and adapt rapidly to new and unexpected occupations and skill needs, education and training systems should place a stronger emphasis on promoting ICT generic skills, ICT specialist skills, and ICT-complementary skills, including foundational skills, digital literacy, higher-order critical thinking skills as well as social and emotional skills.