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Liberty Global Supports Davos Declaration on the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs and Announces Partnership with Two Innovative Projects Promoting Digital Skills
|By Business Wire
|January 28, 2014 04:00 AM EST
Liberty Global plc (“Liberty Global”) (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK)
has today joined many of Europe’s leading digital organizations by
supporting the Davos Declaration on the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs.
The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, a multi-stakeholder partnership,
was launched by the European Commission in response to a projected
shortage of up to 900,000 ICT workers. With demand for skilled ICT
workers exceeding supply, the Grand Coalition, developed under the
guidance of the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel
Barroso, represents a commitment by the European ICT sector to boost
digital skills and job creation through education and training
opportunities, creating a pipeline of talent for the jobs of today and
To demonstrate its commitment to the Grand Coalition, Liberty Global has
today announced its support for two innovative projects, CoderDojo and
YouRock, which address the challenges of the ICT skills gap in Europe.
Liberty Global will join CoderDojo, an open source, global
movement of free coding clubs for young people, as the first
pan-European corporate donor, supporting over 60 new CoderDojos across
Europe and reaching an additional 2,000 young people in 2014.
In addition, Liberty has become a key sponsor of YouRock, an
employability platform for young people which encourages them to use
their online creation activities to demonstrate their skills to
employers. Liberty Global’s support will help YouRock to reach 200,000
young people across 11 European countries in 2014.
Responding to the announcement, James Whelton, Co-founder of CoderDojo,
said, “We're delighted and humbled that Liberty Global chose to support
us, becoming our first pan-European corporate donor. Their support will
aide us in spreading CoderDojo and digital skills throughout Europe,
enabling us to reach many young people, giving them the opportunity to
learn coding and become the next generation of creators.”
Ian Clifford, CEO of YouRock, commented, “I am really happy that Liberty
Global is sponsoring YouRock, as it will help us to reach deep into
Europe and build a system that will engage with young people. It’s
critical to ensure that young people keep, or regain, the belief that
they do have the skills that employers want, and to give employers a
place to look for them.”
These new partnerships will sit alongside Liberty Global’s existing
‘promoting a digital society strategy’, helping people develop the
skills and confidence they need to unlock the benefits of the online
world. We do this through a range of programs that facilitate digital
inclusion and protecting children online, including support for
pan-European, multi-stakeholder initiatives like Get Online Week and the
Commenting on Liberty Global’s Grand Coalition Pledge, Manuel Kohnstamm,
Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of Liberty Global, said,
“The continuing high levels of youth unemployment in Europe are a
challenge for us all, but the fact that up to 900,000 jobs in the ICT
sector remain unfilled because of a skills gap gives the clearest
indication possible of what needs to be done. These projects, and
Liberty Global’s complimentary digital inclusion initiatives, have the
potential to address the skills gap and bring a raft of new employment
opportunities to Europe’s youth.”
About Liberty Global
Liberty Global is the largest international cable company with
operations in 14 countries. We connect people to the digital world and
enable them to discover and experience its endless possibilities. Our
market-leading triple-play services are provided through next-generation
networks and innovative technology platforms that connected 24 million
customers subscribing to 48 million television, broadband internet and
telephony services at September 30, 2013.
Liberty Global’s consumer brands include Virgin Media, UPC, Unitymedia,
Kabel BW, Telenet and VTR. Our operations also include Chellomedia, our
content division, Liberty Global Business Services, our commercial
division and Liberty Global Ventures, our investment fund. For more
information, please visit www.libertyglobal.com.
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