A new investment fund building on the digital skills of young people and aimed at bridging the digital divide was launched on Monday in Brussels by the King Baudouin Foundation and the Federal Minister of the Digital Agenda, Alexander De Croo. The “Digital Belgium Skills Fund” has received an allocation of € 18 million to finance the projects selected by the Foundation over the next three years. The target audiences are disadvantaged children, young people and young adults, and the project is aimed at preparing them for a job market in which up to nine out of ten jobs will soon require digital skills.
“In the digital world, infrastructure is no longer sufficient. The real infrastructure in the world of tomorrow is attitudes and skills”, said Minister De Croo (Open VlD) when presenting the fund.
Project proposals can be submitted to the King Baudouin Foundation on Friday 12 May. Initially, projects focusing on basic coding and online security will be prioritised but training in web design and the use of more complex languages is not excluded. Each selected project will be eligible to receive support of between € 50,000 to € 500,000.