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Digital Opportunity Traineeships to boost graduate IT skills

A new Digital Opportunity traineeship initiative, launched by the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, will provide up to 6000 students and recent graduates with a cross-border traineeship between 2018 and 2020. The aim is to give students of all disciplines the opportunity to get hands on digital experience in fields demanded by the market.

Many companies say that young people leaving education are not ready for the workplace. More than 40% of business in Europe looking for ICT specialists say they have difficulty finding the right people. The European Commission set up the “Digital Opportunity” traineeship scheme to help respond to this challenge.

ICT specific skills

The trainees will improve their skills in fields like cybersecurity, big data, quantum technology and machine learning. They will also boost digital skills for business in areas like web design, digital marketing and software development. The first traineeships will begin in June 2018.

How students can apply

Students and recent graduates can apply through their university for the traineeships which last for an average of five months. Interns will receive an allowance of around €500 per month.

How companies can get involved

Companies who are members of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition or Horizon 2020 active businesses are at the core of the initiative but all companies are welcome to offer digital traineeships. You can post your traineeship on the Erasmus Intern website.

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