European Network Launched to Boost IT Professionalism and Digital Skills

Employers, service providers and many others focused on IT committed today to foster IT professionalism in Europe and bridge the digital skills gap to empower European business and society. Through the IT Professionalism Europe (ITPE) network launched by the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), they agreed to work together to highlight the urgent need to improve IT professionalism, to ensure Europe benefits from the digital revolution.

Companies consistently report difficulties in finding qualified IT professionals in Europe. This demand will only grow in years to come. In addition, the technologies that apply to IT and the skills they require are continually changing. Unfortunately, the IT profession itself has not kept pace. This poses a massive risk for both society and the economy. Steps must therefore urgently be taken to mature the IT profession. This will not happen overnight, but now is the time for engagement and action. Otherwise, Europe will miss out on the benefits that the digital revolution can provide.

CEPIS has therefore launched ITPE to address the problem. The network gathers those concerned with managing IT professionals. Ultimately, ITPE will help to close the digital skills gap and address the shortages experienced in Europe today, as well as generate a workforce with the skills and competences that employers need tomorrow.