01 Jul The EC Updated Skills Agenda includes Individual Learning Accounts as a tool for the European recovery from COVID-19
01 Jul, 2020
ALL DIGITAL publishes a report on Individual Learning Accounts in the 2020s
On the day of the publication by the European Commission of the Updated Skills Agenda, which promotes “sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience” with a package of initiatives to lead the recovery of Europe, ALL DIGITAL approves of the specific reference in the package to Individual Learning Accounts, i.e. state-subsidised individual accounts that citizens can use to access training regardless of their employment status, thus guaranteeing the “portability” of training rights and the autonomy of the individual.
As Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit says, “The skilling of our workforces is one of our central responses to the recovery, and providing people the chance to build the skillsets they need is key to preparing for the green and digital transitions. It gives everyone the possibility to benefit from new opportunities in a fast-moving labour market.”
ALL DIGITAL held an event in February with Commissioner Schmit to explore all facets related to Individual Learning Accounts. The content of the event and ALL DIGITAL’s position can be found in the report that we launch today on the occasion of the publication of the Updated Skills Agenda:
ALL DIGITAL’s CEO Renato Sabbadini said, “ALL DIGITAL is ready to work with all concerned stakeholders for the application of Individual Learning Accounts for the enhancement of digital competences and other skills, while highlighting the need of ILAs to be truly inclusive and support those who need it most: i.e. the low-skilled and those mostly affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.”
ALL DIGITAL is a Brussels-based network of 70 member organisations representing and supporting more than 20,000 digital competence centres, ICT learning centres, adult education centres and libraries across Europe, where every year thirteen and a half million children and adults can access the Internet, learn the latest digital skills and keep up to date with technology and community developments.