Initiatives to support digital skills were honoured at the European Digital Skills Awards 2023, held last week in Brussels. Among the winners for this year’s awards was the DigiAcademy project, led by Trinity College Dublin.
The Digital Skills Awards are organised by the European Commission’s Digital Skills and Jobs Platform and judged by a jury of five experts. This year’s awards had 330 entries from every EU Member State.
The DigiAcademy project won in the category, ‘Inclusion in the Digital World’. It was funded by EIT Health and involved partners from Ireland, Croatia, Spain, Sweden, and France. The project created a digital skills learning platform with and for people with ID (intellectual disabilities) and autism.
June Lowery-Kingston, Deputy Director and Head of Unit at the European Commission’s DG CNECT, said, “The level of the 330 entries in 2023, European Year of Skills, was extremely high, across all 5 categories. There are so many engaging projects happening all across Europe showing that digital skills are for everyone – regardless of age, gender, dis/ability, and location. Each of these award-winning projects is each making a real difference in innovative and effective ways, offering potentially life-changing opportunities for girls, children, those with intellectual disabilities, and non-tech professionals.”
More information can be found on the website of the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform.