Second project brochure tells real stories about trainees

Second project brochure tells real stories about trainees

Fit4Jobs has been piloted in six countries in 2015: Greece, Spain, Portugal, Lithuania, Latvia and Ireland. The second project brochure reveals the outcomes of ICT training through telling real stories about trainees from each country. Six young people speak about their experience with Fit4Jobs and how it helped them gain ICT skills and get a job. Here’s the link to the PDF of the brochure or click on the below...
FIT4JOBS team report great preliminary results and discuss steps to a global vision

FIT4JOBS team report great preliminary results and discuss steps to a global vision

DUBLIN 2016 The FIT4JOBS partners’ team met in Dublin April 26-27 2016 to discuss the final position in the European Commission funded project to propagate the FIT (Ireland) training for employment model across five additional European countries. The team was built through partnerships with major private and public organisations engaged in social enterprise initiatives to reduce the Digital & Social Divide through training & support for marginalised groups. In this particular instance the training was specifically targeted at unemployed young people seeking to enter the work place with in-demand ICT skills. All partners successfully completed their respective project and the overall results exceeded expectations. Final analysis of the overall project metrics in almost complete and it is already clear that the goal of 75% progression into jobs was met. Although all partners worked within the FIT4JOBS model they were able to carefully examine and respond to their own local environments and issues relating to employers needs vs availability of corresponding skills. All partners’ share the common problem of an ICT skills gap; however the type of skills did vary country to country. As expected the most common overall skills shortages related to software & web development. Response rates from job seekers and the overall level of commitments from employers to hire successful students was very high. Key messages from the experience that emphasise the unique components of the FIT4JOBS model are: Employer engagement, especially in specifying skills needs. Attention to careful selection of candidates to ensure good outcomes for all stakeholders. Attention to softskills training & support for candidates Outside of the original partners, there have been approaches from...
FIT4Jobs success in Lithuania: 89% of trainees found a job

FIT4Jobs success in Lithuania: 89% of trainees found a job

FIT4Jobs partner in Lithuania Association Langas i Ateiti has wrapped up the project piloting results. The unique employment project FIT4Jobs has received a huge interest both from young people interested in ICT and from companies looking for a fresh talent. The below infographic (in Lithuanian) sums up the astonishing results. 500 young Lithuanians applied last year to attend the FIT4Jobs training out of which 42 candidates were selected. They did courses in Java, HTML and IS testing along with soft skills training. Some highlights of FIT4Jobs in Lithuania: 37 trainees did internships with participating employers 17 interns received a job offer from their employers while still on internship 5 youngsters got employed after the internship 11 other trainees have found a job later  89% of employment...
Employers should be involved in tackling the shortage of ICT specialists

Employers should be involved in tackling the shortage of ICT specialists

Association Langas į ateitį  has partnered with the State Unemployment Agency to attract young job-seekers to ICT sector by running FIT4Jobs activities. On 7 April the State Unemployment Agency in Vilnius gathered ICT employers and recruiters for a debate on youth employability in Lithuania. Nine representatives discussed about the demand of ICT and IT specialists in the country and the role of employers in closing this gap. According to the latest data, ICT sector in Lithuania offers around 30,000 job vacancies. It is predicted that 10,000 ICT vacancies will be unfilled in Lithuania by 2020. The director of Vilnius State Unemployment Agency Juozas Kankevicius highlighted the necessity to actively work with employers to address this issue. Loreta Krizinauskiene, the director of Association Langas į ateitį, presented the results of FIT4Jobs project which is a great example of engaging with companies in preparing ICT specialists. ‘The training programme of FIT4Jobs was shaped based on the input of Lithuanian employers who need ICT professionals. Our experience revealed that it is crucial to involve employers in such initiatives from the very start,’ said L. Krizinauskiene who sees a great potential to continue similar training-for-employment models in the near future. – Source: http://www.ldb.lt/Informacija/Veikla/Naujienos/UserDisplayForm.aspx?ID=7305 Photo credits: Lietuvos Darbo Birža (Lithuanian State Unemployment...
Get Online Week in Spain: Telecentres can boost people’s digital skills

Get Online Week in Spain: Telecentres can boost people’s digital skills

by José Moreno The main bash of the European Get Online Week in Spain was the 15th Meeting of Telecentre Networks, organised in collaboration with the Technological Modernisation Agency of Galicia under the slogan “Boosting Your Digital Upskilling”. The purpose was to get to know the main strategic actions carried out by Telecentre Networks, to boost the position of Telecentres as key resources for improving digital skills for employability and to encourage digital social innovation. Four debate panels were organised, one of them on European Fit4Jobs project and the topic of youth employability. The Spanish Association of Telecentre Networks (Asociación Comunidad de Redes de Telecentros), who is the project partner in Spain, presented the training results and success. Speakers analysed the Fit4Jobs programme in the context of fostering employability. Fit4Jobs aims to readjust the training pathway of young people towards the field of ICTs so as to satisfy the current and future demand and to improve their professional opportunities. Further European projects being developed by the Association were also analysed and the Director of the AMETIC’s IT Foundation delivered a speech on “The professional profiles of digital transformation” and the “e-Skills for jobs” campaign. – Full blogpost available on Unite-IT platform: http://www.unite-it.eu/profiles/blogs/get-online-week-2016-in-spain...