Young people are not 'digitally competent', EC warns

Young people who have grown up with technology may not be able to use digital skills in a business context, according to the European Commission."Digital natives" may not be "digitally competent" in a business sense, the European Commission said in a statement on Tuesday.

Young people who have grown up with technology may not be able to use digital skills in a business context, according to the European Commission. "Digital natives" may not be "digitally competent" in a business sense, the European Commission said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Young people need to appreciate the professional aspects of the new digital world," industry commissioner Antonio Tajani said. "I am worried, as supply has become a bottleneck for growth in the tech sector, creating a leaky pipeline that threatens to hamper European innovation and global competitiveness."

Tajani was speaking during 'E-skills Week 2012', which is actually running for two weeks across Europe, from 19 March to 30 March. 'E-skills Week 2012' involves a number of events designed to enthuse young people to gain e-skills. For example, in the UK, trade body Intellect has coordinated technology industry talks in schools from 26 March to 30 March.