FAQ

Here are some of the most common questions and answers about the pledges in relation to the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, including links for more information. In case of any further questions which are not included here, please contact us at pledges@bluspecs.com

Here are the most frequently asked questions:

1.2 Who can pledge?
Any organisation can make a pledge, we receive pledges of all types and scales from small local associations working with specific groups of beneficiaries to large multinationals providing online training modules and certification. Check out some examples of previous pledging organisations in ‘Pledges’.
1.1 What is a pledge?
A pledge is the commitment to perform an action which promotes the acquisition of digital skills amongst Europeans. Specifically, a pledge:
  • Progresses digital skills within the four key pillars of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition
  • Acts beyond the normal scope of an organisation’s activities
  • Provides measurable outcomes for a defined set of beneficiaries
  • Is provided in good faith and free of conditions to the beneficiaries
Each pledge has a common goal and theme but is made up of one or more initiatives with specific actions, pillars and/or beneficiaries resulting in individual indicators to aid reporting and progress.
1.3 How do I get involved?
  1. Review other pledges for inspiration through ‘Pledges’
  2. Register your organisation’s account through ‘Make a Pledge’
  3. Decide on the main activities and potential beneficiaries
  4. Add your pledge
  5. Create the individual initiatives and set target indicators
  6. Send for review
  7. Get started promoting the acquisition of digital skills in Europe
  8. Report and receive your badges
Also don’t forget to post updates on Twitter or Facebook tagging the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. If you require any support while designing and submitting a pledge you can send an email to pledges@bluspecs.com to receive help and guidance from the Secretariat.
1.4 How can I become a member of Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition?
Organisations with accepted pledges automatically become members for the DSJC. Organisations wishing to register as a member, but not pledge, should register here.
1.5 Do I receive any funding for pledges?
Pledges do not receive any funding; they are altruistic in nature and are provided in good will.
1.6 Is a pledge legally binding?
No, it is understood that pledges are initiatives provided by various organisations which contribute, in good faith, towards the goals of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition.
1.7 How is progress measured?
A Pledger will create a pledge which has individual initiatives. Each initiative has their own methodology and a set indicators. Each Pledger will be expected to update their progress every 3 months for each initiative, this is then represented as a percentage of completed initiative. Frequency on a pledge's progress is at the discretion of each organisation but is highly encouraged.
1.8 What happens if I am not able to complete the pledge?
Initiative progress determines the score and the receivable badges that are used in geographical scope and Hall of Fame; pledgers are not penalised in any other way.
1.9 How can I find out what is happening in my area?
You can filter pledges by geographical location in the pledges page.
1.10 How can I find out about other pledges?
The Pledges tab in the main menu allows users to find other pledges by various filters, such as keywords, countries where pledges are active, action types etc.
1.11 How long does the pledge take to be approved?
Each pledge is reviewed thoroughly within 5 working days and feedback is provided via email, either to accept the pledge or to make a request for modifications. The Secretariat is here to ensure that all pledges are accepted and published.
1.12 How many pledges / initiatives can I make?
All pledgers are encouraged to make as many pledgers and initiatives as possible.
1.13 Can I make a pledge in a language other than English?
All current pledges are made in English. If you would like to make a pledge in another language, please consult via email (pledges@bluspecs.com) to discuss it on a case-by-case basis.
1.14 How to pledge together with another organisation?
Contact responsible for the pledge and keeping it up to date should register the organisation and create the pledge. Both of the organisations' names and their organisation information should be entered when registering. In order to have both of the logos present, please create a single image with the logos and upload it. If you require further assistance, please contact pvsupport@civitta.com