|Does an explicit strategy document exist?||Yes||The Netherlands has a combined programme aimed at digital skills and digital security. The digital skills side has an action programme and strategy board. http://www.digivaardigdigiveilig.nl/digivaardig Also,In the Netherlands the Taskforce eSkills expects to have a large shortage of people with ICT skills.|
|Is there funding for digital literacy/e-skills projects and programmes (including EU funding)?||Yes||The programme 'Digivaardig en digibewust' supports projects by third parties with financial means. Projects on e-Skills are also funded from the European Social Fund in the Netherlands (e.g. http://www.ecdl.nl/uploads/media/Persbericht_ECDL_CA-ICT.pdf)|
|Are there special programmes encouraging women, older workers ethnic minorities and other target groups to use ICT?||Yes||The programme 'Digivaardig en digibewust', the government’s second main action plan sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, is a public private partnership with several public, private and civil society partners, focussing on the fight against social exclusion by means of promoting e-skills (digital literacy in the notion of this report) and establishing a regular dialogue between the relevant stakeholders. (See also the Evaluation of the implementation of the Communication of the European Commission, e-Skills for the 21st century, 2010)|
|Are there special programmes targeting employees (especially older workers and SMEs)?||Yes||The programme ‘Digitale Vaardigheden Beroepsbevolking’ (Digital Skills for professionals) contains targeted actions concerning: • Research into the importance of relation between eSkills and work as well as innovation (2012) • Impact Assessments on the importance of eSkills for three topsectors (2011-2012) • Implementation of the European Compentence Framework (ECF) and it’s use by businesses, public sector and education institutions. (2012) • Defining concepts for eSkills in line with EU considerations (2012) • Action plan eSkills for SMEs (2012) • Digital ‘internships’ (digistage) for employees (2012-2013) • Action plan for eSkills to improve the employability of disadvantaged groups. See also: http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/bestanden/documenten-en-publicaties/rapporten/2011/12/13/digitale-implementatie-agenda-nl/120123-mez011-digitale-impl-agenda-finale-versie.pdf|
|Is ICT being integrated in classroom teaching and vocational training?||Yes||The programme ‘Digitale Vaardigheden Beroepsbevolking’ (Digital Skills for professionals) contains targeted actions concerning: • Improve innovation in education through Kennisnet, especially enhancing eSkills of teachers • Integrate with the covenant of the government and private sector for the improvement of literacy of adults and the contribution that eSkills can provide for employees. See also: http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/bestanden/documenten-en-publicaties/rapporten/2011/12/13/digitale-implementatie-agenda-nl/120123-mez011-digitale-impl-agenda-finale-versie.pdf|
|Are there programms offering ICT skills trainings in telecentres, public libraries and other informal environments?||Yes||Kennisnet is an online platform where teachers and students share knowledge, a focus is placed on enhancing eSkills through the platform.|
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