Project Funded by:  JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Project Duration:  24 months

Start Date:  01/12/2019

End Date:  31/05/2021


Digital Skillshift

29 Jan, 2019

The rapid technological improvements in the last decades have unlocked many new job possibilities. More than ever, digital skills are essential for adult workers to take advantage of these opportunities and play a key role in the evolution of the digital economy.

The purpose of the Digital SkillShift project is to reskill and upskill unemployed citizens facing the challenges of the digital transformation in their professional career. This project aims to support participants to develop new digital skills and attitudes required to succeed in today’s labour market, with a pilot supporting 150 adults into good jobs in France, Germany and Italy.

The project will also work to mobilise employers to support a new way of thinking about employment and recruitment. It promotes the idea of employers’ ongoing engagement in the process of preparing their (future) employees through tailor-made training programmes, rather than simply going to the market when they need to fill in a position.

The JPMorgan Chase Foundation is supporting Digital SkillShift as part of their philanthropic commitment to drive inclusive economic growth and advance skills-based training.

The project will propose an innovative learning programme. Firstly, Basic digital and soft skills for employability. This training will be mapped to the five competence areas of European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp): Information and data literacy, Communication and collaboration, Digital content creation, Safety and Problem-solving. Secondly, specific ICT project assistance skills. The digital competences selected for the training will be based on the outcomes of our discussions with employers from the ICT and service sectors, where the re-skilled beneficiaries will find a job after the training. These might include project management software, such as tools for project planning, research, team work and collaboration. Moreover, the project includes and highlights the benefits of a joint digital and soft skills training for employability in the current (European) economic context (the major digital skills gap).

The project aims to support 150 participants into work in digital jobs. This training model will also be shared with other digital competence centres to support more adult workers access to digital up-skilling opportunities. The project is offering training and job placement support mainly for short-term unemployed (below 12 months), low-skilled adults. This project will seek to equip trainees with digital and soft skills that are needed by the ICT and services industry to access quality jobs.


  • ALL DIGITAL leads this project
  • Stiftung Digitale Chancen (Digital Opportunities Foundation), Germany – ALL DIGITAL member, a foundation working since 2002 whose aim is for the digital inclusion of all societal groups and counteracting the digital divide.
  •  Fondazione Patrizio Paoletti, Italy – develops scientifically based educational programmes that can help the new generations to deal successfully with change.
  • in France (Paris), also an ALL DIGITAL member, a network of social digital factories in France and abroad, that have trained more than 3000 people in the digital sector since 2013.