Fit4jobs project reveals the potential for non-profits to help bridge the skills gap

Fit4jobs project reveals the potential for non-profits to help bridge the skills gap

Take any private or public organisation today and consider its current need for skills: you can easily see that there is a significant skills gap between most employers’ needs and the digital competence of the workforce. This is not only true for the high-end of advanced ICT professionals, but also for middle-skilled professions, which are growing fast and are increasingly digitalized. Employers and employees are having trouble keeping up; but so are education and training institutions. We cannot always count on them to provide timely and targeted learning on the digital skills required by the labour market. Lifelong Learners This brings us to the candidates. Fit4jobs proposes a new view of the job candidate: a lifelong-learner whose motivation is his passport to opportunity. But where can we find these candidates? Non-profits working in the field of digital inclusion can find plenty of motivated individuals- they come to the courses, the telecentres, the libraries and they all want to learn new skills. These candidates, many of them at risk of long-term unemployment, will benefit most from acquiring digital competence. We need to recognise them and provide them concrete opportunities for learning useful digital skills. It would all be impossible without the help of the prospective employers. Collaboration with employers during the Fit4jobs project is key. Employers know exactly what skills their business needs to grow and are increasingly willing to share this information. In projects such as Fit4jobs they have access to prepared candidates who have the exact skills they need for their business, and all of this without spending extra resources on recruitment! Recruitment turned on its head And what...
Digital Champion of Belgium talks about Ericsson and digital skills

Digital Champion of Belgium talks about Ericsson and digital skills

We met with the Digital Champion of Belgium Saskia Van Uffelen earlier in April in Brussels. A mother of five and CEO of Ericsson BeLux, S. Van Uffelen was invited to European Young Innovators Forum event to share her experience on what skills are crucial for today’s career and how to obtain them. An informal “coffee meeting” format led to an interactive discussion where we used the opportunity to interview Saskia about digital skills (aka e-skills) and digital jobs. Saskia has worked with the Digital Agenda commissioner Neliee Kroes in the digital ambassadors’ team for two years. Digitalisation of education, e-commerce and e-skills are Saskia’s priorities as Digital Champion. She thinks that “digital” today is about new services, innovative business models and data. As an employer, Saskia brings the responsibility to anticipate what jobs will not exist anymore and prepare her employees for a digital change to make them re-employable. In her view, technology has led us to a networked society where stakeholders are constantly changing: our competitors of today will not necessarily be the competitors of tomorrow. “Some of the activities that NGOs are doing, will be more and more a shared responsibility and maybe in 2030 every company will have an NGO responsibility integrated and shared with each other.” Watch our 6-minute interview...