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Although the demand for professionals with digital competences is a reality in every activity sector today, in the European Union, more than half of professionals with digital competences are already working in ICT-intensive sectors. In addition, new markets and products are emerging in areas which, until recently, appeared not to have any need for such competences.
This is true in health, agriculture, fishing, industry, energy, cities, mobility and transport, environment and water resources management, public security and defence, construction, tourism and creative industries, retail and distribution, banking and insurance, education and training, etc.
In this context, it is important to improve the range of higher education at all levels, from short technical courses (TeSP) to 1st and 2nd Bologna cycles as well as post-graduate programes in the priority áreas of this initiative, focusing on cooperation between Higher Education Institutions, research units and companies in their development and training, while enhancing active educational procedures that include training at work.
It is also important to launch a network of digital innovation laboratories and ensure that specialised training is a national priority, reinforcing the current training on offer through TeSP, undergraduate and masters’ programmes, and post-graduate degrees; intensifying advanced training programmes throughout working life, and encouraging specialisation in key sectors for Portugal.