Investing in the skills development of Poles is now more important than ever. In times of uncertainty and instability, human capital is one of the most important assets that builds the resilience of businesses and the country as a whole. The recently released Microsoft Digital Futures Index also shows that effective use of new technologies contributes to greater workplace productivity, higher earnings and more frequent action on sustainability. However, in DFI, Poland scored 15% below the average for Central and Eastern European countries in terms of digital skills of the general public. This means that we must prioritize the development of skills related to the use and creation of technology. At Microsoft, we have already taken up this challenge and only 20 months after the announcement of the investment in the development of the Polish Digital Valley, we have trained 200,000 specialists in the use of cloud computing, which exceeds four times the initially assumed result.
The digitization of businesses, public services and administration is an opportunity for the economic and social development of States and the strengthening of their resilience. This is particularly important in the case of Poland, because in almost all categories of the index, we rank in the average of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. If we already display a certain digital maturity, we still have a lot of catching up to do. Investments in new technologies will not only make it possible to develop the economy and the information society, or to compete with European economic leaders, but above all to strengthen the resilience of the country and of businesses.
Another conclusion can be drawn from the analyzes carried out: the use of digital solutions will only bring the expected results if the key actors involved in the change process are able to freely use the available technologies. For this, we need digital skills, of which we do not yet have enough.
The low level of digital skills in society can be explained, among other things, by the still low interest of young people in science. As the Digital Future Index shows, although Poland performs well in terms of the percentage of companies employing specialists in the field of information and communication technologies, we still lag behind in terms of advancing the technical talent base. In the field of graduates from faculties related to information and communication technologies, we obtained a result of 26%. below the average in Central and Eastern Europe, and in the field of STEM graduates, this result reaches 38%. lower than the average for the CEECs. Therefore, this should be a key priority and an opportunity at the same time increase investment in training the next generation of talented technical workers.
For many years, Microsoft has focused its business on educating and developing advanced digital skills for people around the world. To this end, we are implementing a number of initiatives aimed at various groups of beneficiaries: from primary school students to people with several years of work experience who want or need to retrain.
Our customers and partners are also involved in the digital skills development program. For example, by implementing in PKO Bank Poland Microsoft Teams platform for remote work and communication, experts Accenture trained a team of in-house bank trainers and led workshops on the use of new tools with several hundred employees. In turn, the digital transformation in LINK4 were accompanied by training in the operation and use of the Azure cloud and regulatory compliance for managers in the field of big data analysis, infrastructure, application development, management risks and safety. Companies are also good examples Asseco and KPMGwho actively invest in improving the qualifications of their employees to increase the innovation of their projects and accelerate the cloud transformation of their customers.
The initiatives of entrepreneurs and employers are of key importance for improving the digital skills of the general public. At Microsoft, we recognize this and actively support a culture of continuous learning, not only for our customers, but especially for our employees. We want to equip them with new skills so they can keep pace with the changing world, as well as have the tools, skills and courage to define new ways of managing their official duties.
Our priority is to prepare employees and customers in Poland and around the world for the future. This vision is becoming clearer little by little. Entrepreneurs in many industries will soon have to redefine how they think about work, the space and time in which we perform individual tasks, and how we approach them. For this, it is also necessary to change the organizational culture to one that supports continuous learning and the acquisition of new skills by employees, and promotes inclusion, trust, innovation and courage in creation. new solutions.