Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations across Europe are faced with new challenges, having to adapt to the new circumstances and accelerate their digital transformation. Although this creates new employment opportunities, it is likely to increase the skills gaps and engender further inequalities.
Whereas the increasing rates of youth unemployment of 14% across Europe (Statista, 2020) still represent a challenge, businesses of all types and sizes are struggling to fill a wide range of technology roles that are critical for future growth.
The EU Digital Skills and Job Coalition confirms that 37% of EU workers have insufficient digital skills and there
are clear signs that the digital skills gap is widening. By 2022, there could be almost 500,000 unfilled digital technology
jobs in Europe. On the other hand, young people are described as “digital natives” with an almost instinctive skill for digital
mastery. Unfortunately, young people believe they are ill-equipped to navigate the new economy and to understand the skills
needed for the future digital jobs.
A significant mismatch has been noticed between the career aspirations of young people and the reality of the jobs market. This is mainly due to misinformation and a lack of high-quality career advice, which needs to be elevated by showcasing vital information about future roles.
The World Economic Forum Reports 2018 on Future of Jobs stresses the importance of VET career advisors
in preparing young people to become the new agile learners in future workforces by providing a high-quality career
advice that is essential to personal and economic wellbeing.
Finally, in the light of COVID-19 the career guidance provision is becoming even more crucial and there is a need for a digital platform that can assist VET career advisors to provide a high-quality career provision featuring the upcoming digital job trends. The Web Application and Mobile App that will be developed within the ODF project are in line with the EU Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition pledge and initiatives to take action to promote the acquisition of digital skills amongst Europeans with a specific focus on career advice and guidance.
Contributing to the initial and continuous professional development of VET career advisors
Supporting the uptake of digital practices for the teaching by supplying VET career advisors with a set of resources on a digital platform and an app
Creating an opportunity for VET career advisors to exchange innovative practices and share digital tools
Raising awareness among other VET stakeholders and decision makers about the future emerging jobs and the importance of relevant career advice