Is Greece Fit for Jobs?

Is Greece Fit for Jobs?

It is a widely-known (and unfortunate) fact that the unemployment rate in Greece is strikingly high, reaching 50% in some areas and hitting hard a whole new generation of educated graduates. Although many young people have deliberately chosen careers that are in high demand in today’s digital economy, a high number still remain jobless. The Fit4Jobs project comes to the rescue in Greece with its unique training model and a motivated Partner that has expertise and the knowledge: Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (HePIS). After having announced the Fit4Jobs project and its rationale, together with a targeted promotional Campaigns on social media, HePIS and its Project Manager Manolis Labovas were pleasantly surprised to see an enormous buzz created by the new up-skilling initiative Fit4Jobs in Greece in national media and online blogs/sites. The response of candidates interested in following the free ICT skills training was truly overwhelming, with 357 applications arriving in a short time span. The long selection process that ensued was proper of a large recruitment processes in big companies. The difference being that HePIS was not looking for ready-to-employ candidates but rather to train graduates who have the potential but lack the skills for the existing and future ICT vacancies in a number of Greek companies. HePIS believes that it is indeed uniquely positioned to fight unemployment in Greece as it operates in one of the highest growing job sector (ICT industry) which makes it possible to define the exact needs of the ever-changing market and assure the relevance of the training course curricula. According to the Empirica report commissioned by the European Commission, almost 1.200 positions in ICT sectors remain unfulfilled in Greece in 2015 due to the lack...