Selection process of candidates in Portugal

Selection process of candidates in Portugal

The selection of candidates for the Fit4Jobs trainings is in the spotlight at the moment. Selecting the right candidates for the trainings is crucial for the success of the initiative, as many will later go on the work in the fields that require digital skills. Companies have high expectations and so do the candidates! Portugal has an interesting approach when it comes to selection. The organisers, Programa Escolhas together with the Portuguese Institute for Employment and Vocational Training, have publicised far and wide the Fit4Jobs initiative and have convened a high number of interested candidates to three different information sessions taking place next week (beginning April). The information sessions will be the occasion to present the project to the potential candidates. Most of the candidates were selected directly by the Employment centre. At the first session the audience will consist of 80 graduates in disciplines such as Computer Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Sciences and Marketing and Publicity among others. The day after, the candidates invited all possess the secondary degree with levels 3 and 4 of the NQF (National qualification catalogue) in Marketing and Publicity; Secretarial and administrative work; Management and Administration; Electronics and Automation; Finance and Banking and Insurance, among others. On the third day the candidates will be those who have secondary degree and are registered in the professions of systems administrator; systems analyst; analyst and programmer and specialist computer networks just to name a few. In addition to the candidates convened by the Employment Centre, Programa Escolhas has promoted the sessions among their 51 financed projects operating in the Lisbon metropolitan area. These are present in low socioeconomic areas and all projects...
Lithuania: Langas i Ateiti

Lithuania: Langas i Ateiti

A candidate being interviewed within the Fit4Jobs project in Lithuania In Lithuania the Fit4Jobs project is proudly led by the Association Langas i ateiti, an NGO founded by businesses- making it very well-suited to understand the current state of the labour market and employers’ needs. The organisation Langas i Ateiti strives to improve ICT training standards in Lithuania and encourage young people to learn and choose digital professions. Over 120,000 people have allready completed direct, blended or distant free ICT courses organised by Langas i ateiti. The association comes to Fit4Jobs with a wide experience in the field. After having developed the  training curricula, the association now plans to train 40 young and unemployed persons. It has received 150 applications (34% of which were from women). The selection process is currently under way, and consists of a  motivational interview, an ICT knowledge level -self-assesment test and a practical task testing the logical/analytical skills of applicants. Training is foreseen to start on April 13 this year. The topics of the trainings will cover JAVA programming (most popular and demanded topic), Web programming, IS testing and analysing as well as IT infrastructure maintenance. In parallel, the young people will be trained in soft skills facilitating their participation in the labour marked. Local Coalition for Digital Jobs Langas į ateitį is also engaged in the support and establishment of Public internet access points (there are  1,200 of these in the country) and the promotion of digital jobs and smart use of e-services. It  has set up, and coordinates, the National Digital Coalition in Lithuania which aims to promote digital skills for jobs in the country. Langas į ateiti has been awarded by the European Commission (e-Inclusion Award, RegioStars Award),...
European Get Online Week to focus on Digital Skills for jobs

European Get Online Week to focus on Digital Skills for jobs

European Get Online Week (GOW) is an annual Campaign led by Fit4Jobs Project partner Telecentre Europe. Most of the countries involved in the Fit4Jobs project will also have GOW activities happening in a variety of public spaces. The Campaign will take place March 23-27th. Contrary to what many people may believe, not every European is digital yet. But we’re getting there. Thousands of non-formal education providers such as telecentres, non-profits and libraries are already busy bridging the gap. They work throughout the year to get people online, improve their digital skills and provide pathways to civil participation and employment.  The Get Online Week will include 24 countries in 2015 and directly target more than 50,000 Europeans. Activities and themes Most of the GOW activities will be locally run in community centres, telecentres, ICT learning hubs, public libraries, schools, universities and other organisations, depending on the country involved. This year, Get Online Week has two overall and main themes: Digital Empowerment: we would like to address primarily young people and those who are unemployed, in order to raise awareness about the existent skills gap and employment opportunities related to these skills. Digital Inclusion: we are also reminding society that many people still do not have access to technology and Internet, and therefore we need to make an effort to attract first time computer users to the online world. In terms of sub-themes, GOW will for the first time these year include coding for inclusion activities, through which participants will be able to learn how to code. We will also encourage the introduction of e-participation tools to communities, so that new audiences can find out how to participate actively in their...