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European Youth Feel They Lack Skills for Digital Economy

According to reports, almost three quarters of young people believe they do not acquire digital skills for work in the digital economy.

A total of 63% of young people surveyed by ThinkYoung and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) said they feel they would have to acquire digital skills after leaving education because current education systems do not prepare them for work.

Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission welcomed the research: "The digital revolution will affect and benefit every European - but it is the younger people who will most shape it, and be shaped by it.

"In order to better meet the needs of coming generations it is incumbent on us as employers, educators and regulators to understand their expectations of what is termed the digital enterprise".

Research from City and Guilds, published last year found 74% of employers in the digital, IT and information services industry were facing a skills crisis.

The research, which included 1000 UK businesses, found almost 50% of digital companies are considering looking abroad for potential clients as they feel young people in the UK are leaving education without the right skills for the IT sector.

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