European Digital Skills Awards 2023: Applications are open!

After the last edition in 2018, the European Digital Skills Awards are back to recognise and promote best practices on digital skills from across Europe.

EDSA 2023: what’s new and when to apply!

In 2023 the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform of the European Commission will celebrate once more the work of the digital skills community and reward projects and initiatives that are helping Europe bridge the digital gap in 5 categories:

  • “Empowering Youth in Digital” will reward projects that attract young people to ICT professions, media literacy initiatives, courses and hackathons in emerging technologies.
  • “Digital Upskilling @ Work” will focus on projects for digital upskilling and reskilling for the workforce in various professional sectors and skills level and job matching of ICT professionals
  • “Digital Skills for Education” is dedicated to projects for the digital upskilling of teachers, students, and school administrators.
  • “Inclusion in the Digital World” will reward projects dedicated to people who are at a disadvantage when it comes to gaining digital skills (elderly people, people with disabilities, people with lower income and refugees).
  • “Women in ICT Careers” is dedicated to initiatives that want to increase the number of women ICT professionals.

Applicants can submit their project for only one of the 5 categories and need to describe in detail the target publics and the project’s impact on the digital skills gap in the specific area of action.

A successful application must demonstrate the innovative character of the project, the communication activities implemented to maximise reach, the attention to the sustainability and scalability of the project in future years, but also the measures taken to ensure the inclusion of people of all abilities and of all social and cultural backgrounds.

« We must invest much more in training and further education. This is why I am proposing to make 2023 the European Year of Skills»

(Ursula Von der Leyen
President of the European Commission)

Applications are open from 20 February to 8 April 2023. A jury of experts will select and announce, together with the DSJP Team and European Commission, the finalists and winners in May and June respectively.

Are you one of the thousands of experts and trainers that are currently helping Europeans acquire the necessary digital skills for everyday life and work? Apply for the Awards!

For more information on the Awards, you can visit the dedicated page and learn how to apply. 

About the European Digital Skills Awards

The European Digital Skills Awards aim to recognise the outstanding projects and initiatives that are helping Europeans grow in digital. From basic skills, such as using a computer or a tablet, to training ICT specialists in emerging technologies like AI, Blockchain and Data, there is a very lively crowd of organisations, trainers and teachers that are improving Europeans’ digital skills. The European Commission has organised the Awards every year since 2016 with the support of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. In 2023, the EDSA are organised by the team of the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform.

About the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform

The Digital Skills and Jobs Platform (DSJP) is the home of digital skills and jobs initiatives in Europe and the heart of the Digital Skills and Jobs Community. Created as one of the initiatives launched under the Connecting Europe Facility Programme, the Platform contributes to the DIGITAL Europe Programme – an ambitious EU programme that strives to make Europe more competitive in the global digital economy through digital capacity-building and ensuring a wide use of digital technologies across the EU. The Platform aspires to boost the digital competencies of European society and workforce and offers a wide range of trainings and career development support, an overview of good practices, expert advice, funding opportunities and financial instruments, news, event and much more to enforce digital skills in Europe.