Are 'Digital Natives' Really Skilled Enough for the Labour Market?
For an economically inclusive Europe, everyone entering the labour market needs to have the right digital skills to be able to function and thrive in day-to-day working life. As ICT becomes transversal in all areas of future jobs, it is dangerous to assume that all young people today who are referred to as ‘digital natives’ are automatically skilled enough to engage in the workforce. Just because a person is in the under 25 age group in Europe does not mean that innately l fit easily into the labour market, which more than likely will require a broad range of defined ICT skills in the future! At a high level European Round Table organised by ECDL Foundation in the European Parliament, several Member State high level representatives expressed their frustration at this assumption that all young people are digital natives, and expressed concern about this possible new ‘digital divide’. High levels of confidence in using ICT doesn't equate a high level of digital skills for employability!