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What drives workers’ participation in digital skills training?

This brief contributes to policy on provision of digital skills. It uses data from Cedefop’s second European skills and jobs survey (ESJS2) and provides new evidence by describing the characteristics of the digitally-underskilled in the EU workforce; and identifying characteristics of EU workers undertaking digital skills education and training.


Publication date
27 March 2024
Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion


The European Year of Skills, launched in May 2023 and running until May 2024, provided a new momentum to reach the EU 2030 target of ensuring that at least 60% of adults are in training every year (with 2022 rates estimated at 39.5%), and the Digital Decade skills targets of 80% of the adult population having at least basic digital skills by 2030; reaching 20 million employed ICT specialists in the EU; and promoting the access of women to the ICT sector to close the persistent gender gap. Moreover, the European Commission’s Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027 considers the development of digital skills and competences as a strategic priority; the Skills Agenda supports the development of digital skills at all levels; and the 2022 European Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles for the Digital Decade states that everyone “should be able to acquire all the basic and advanced digital skills they need”.

Science for policy


27 MARCH 2024
What drives workers’ participation in digital skills training?