Upgrading the EU Data Protection Sector with new Skills

ERASMUS+ KA3 – Support for Policy Reform
Greece  2018-2020


The Challenge:

Cyber attack costs EU business sector $41.3 billion annually, increasing the need to law enforcement cooperation across Europe.
At least 28,000 Data Protection Officers (DPOs) needed to meet General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016/679 requirements, redriving skills and competences in the Sector.Hence, European companies and SMEs are facing an urgent need to quickly adapt to the new data protection landscape and increase their workforce ability to perform within this new environment, keeping a cost-effective procedure. They will need to have a fundamental look on how they deal with data currently, how they will deal with it in the future and most importantly how to educate their workforce accordingly.
Data Protection Officer DPO / DataP-SKILLS comes as an answer to the above-mentioned issues. Sectoral innovation is thriving, providing new opportunities for recruitment and new skills are demanded from current or future employees in the Sector. Therefore, joint VET Curricula for DPOs has revealed, aiming to empower the major actors with employees that are going to fill the gap and the identified skills mismatch. The objective of the new Curricula is to support the identification of a new Occupational Profile for Data Protection Sector Employees and set up of VET

Curricula that will be based on:

  • a new Training Needs Analysis (TNA)
  • a new Work Based Learning Scheme,
  • innovative ideas that are going to enhance cross-border, transnational and regional mobility of learners and employees

The transformation of current VET Training on data protection into a more demand led, attractive and appealing profile will result to the improvement of key competencies and skills level of DPOs.

The Outputs:

  • innovative Joint Curricula designed and implemented
  • new WBL Scheme designed and tested
  • First Certification of “New Age” data protection employees under GDPR
  • 50 data protection employees will have been trained with the new curricula


Tel.: +49 (0) 335 5621-2100 // 2105
Fax: +49 (0) 335 5621 2001

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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