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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 This document, which is only available in German, explicitly mentions the need for a 'comprehensive media training for everyone' and refers to its impact on social inclusion, personal development and employability.
Is there funding for digital literacy/e-skills projects and programmes (including EU funding)? Yes The current funding measure “Stärkung der Medienkompetenz für eine zukunftsorientierte Medienbildung in der beruflichen Qualifizierung” ( aims to promote individual media literacy and the development of media competence of companies and organizations. In addition, it aims at establishing a far-reaching network with other education sectors as well as the integration of aid instruments and the structural development of media education across the entire education chain.
Are there special programmes encouraging women, older workers ethnic minorities and other target groups to use ICT? Yes The ‘IT-Fitness’ initiative by BITKOM, the German Public Employment Agency and industry players (Microsoft, Cisco, State Street Bank, Signal Iduna, Bahn AG, Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks, Randstad) provides an e-learning platform free of charge, reaching out to disadvantaged groups together with the partner organisations, public sector education institutions and NGOs and runs awareness raising campaigns (summer camps, fairs training for NGO employees, craftsmen and similar activities). Over 4 million people have participated in te program since its inceptioon in 2007.
Are there special programmes targeting employees (especially older workers and SMEs)? Yes ‘IT 50 plus’ is a joint initiative between the trade union IG Metall and BITKOM, the German association of ICT employers. The goals of the initiative are to: improve the employment and employability of senior employees, facilitate the regeneration of ICT practitioners after periods of unemployment, and further develop the advance IT training system to better facilitate unemployed professionals access to certificates and titles. The initiative "e-Skills im Mittelstand - Potenzial Mitarbeiter", co-ordinated by the G+F Verlag in cooperation with Ministry of Economics and other stakeholders, aims at continuous promotion of the IT skills of employees in SMEs.
Is ICT being integrated in classroom teaching and vocational training? Yes "Germany is one of a few countries in Europe where nonacademic vocational training plays a significant role in educating ICT practitioners for the labour market. Hence some effort has gone into coordinating and updating the curricula for new IT jobs. The implementation of the e-skills agenda at university level is overlapping with the reform of the university education following the Bologna process strategy." (See report entitled 'E-Skills For The 21st Century'
Are there programms offering ICT skills trainings in telecentres, public libraries and other informal environments? -

Other initiatives:

'Technikum’ is an internship project offering internships in enterprises active in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - the German Acronym used, "MINT", also mentions Informatics) for vocational and academic orientation of secondary level school graduates. Graduates get to know techno-scientific vocations during this internship. There is also evidence of some informal intiatives to e-learning taking place in different environments e.g. German Brandenburg e-learning initiatives involve the basic education of inmates (Taken from

External contribution

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