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Member States to promote long-term e-skills and digital literacy policies

Indicator Status Evidence
Does an explicit strategy document exist? Yes There is a national ICT-strategy “efit21”, which is pursuing six strategic objectives. Four of these objectives relate to the educational field: to enhance the quality of education, to teach digital competences, to teach e-skills to enhance the success on the labour market, to integrate the society (e-Inclusion, media skills). Teaching digital competences and e-skills is a main focus in the various activities of “efit21”.
Is there funding for digital literacy/e-skills projects and programmes (including EU funding)? Yes State schools, which have joined a partnership programme with the following aims: digital competence and implementation of eLearning in classroom, receive funding from the Ministry of Education (eLearning cluster, The Ministry of Education and the Austrian schools are participating in numerous educational ICT programmes and projects, organized by the EU: like ECB/Ingenious (FP7 - or iTEC (FP7 - designing the classroom of the future). The so called eSkills-Week (DG Industries and Enterprise) takes place nationally, raising awareness in a campaign for necessary eSkills in jobs. More than 390.000 contacts have been generated by this campaign and during events. For further educational ICT programmes and projects in cooperation with the EU other partners go to: In adult education, e-skills are a cross curricula issue in programmes for educationally deprived people (basic education, acquiring certain educational qualifications).
Are there special programmes encouraging women, older workers ethnic minorities and other target groups to use ICT? Yes There are special programmes and educational opportunities for women, like e.g. ICT-competences for educationally deprived women within the framework of the project „Learn forever“ ( This project is being co-financed by funds from the des European Social Fund (ESF). There is a focus on the target groups of women and older workers in the framework of the program ‘qualification for employees’ (ESF co-funded), but this focus does not imply or prescribe any specific content (exemption: a focal point in the field of health and care occupations). Some of the funded programmes and measures may include elements to develop and foster E-Skills, but they are not registered and documented seperatly as ‘E-Skills measures’.
Are there special programmes targeting employees (especially older workers and SMEs)? Yes In 2009, a working group called ‘Standing Committee on New Skills’ has been established in the AMS (Public Employment Service). Experts from different fields – innovative major enterprises of the respective sectors, labour market experts and education and training experts – discussed trends regarding qualification demand in different sectors due to technological and structural change in the Standing Committee. Based on these assessments curricula for qualification courses have been developed or adapted. In the field of ICT skills, experts suggested to focus on generic ICT skills instead of training for specific IT products and solutions. E-Skills are anchored in all various qualification programmes in the framework of the PES, basic applications, advanced applications, new media and communication forms are important elements of the qualification activities of the AMS.
Is ICT being integrated in classroom teaching and vocational training? Yes The use of ICT and e-learning is obligatorily fixed as a cross-curricula issue in the curriculum of all different kinds of schools. Initiatives, programmes and projects of „efit21“include e.g.: Providing central services like learning and content platforms for new types of learning, e-learning activities and e-learning school networks, 1:1-education and laptop-classes, teaching students and teachers ICT competences, modernizing the ICT teacher training, linking ICT initiatives with pedagogical emphases for example educational standards, competence-based teaching and learning and individualization.
Are there programms offering ICT skills trainings in telecentres, public libraries and other informal environments? Yes There are some programs, for example the “Internet for all”-Initiative from the Austrian Telecommunication provider A1.

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