GOW 2016 in Latvia: Chance for young people to explore FIT4JOBS tests!

GOW 2016 in Latvia: Chance for young people to explore FIT4JOBS tests!

During the Get Online Week 2016 youth in Latvia had a chance to evaluate their digital and computer skills by completing Fit4Jobs tests. The test has been created within the framework of the Fit4Jobs project to assess computer office and productivity skills that every employee should have and that are requested by almost all employers. The test includes questions about the use of office software such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel and Outlook. 151 participants completed the test during the Get Online Week 2016, mostly youth aged 11-19 years. As always, girls were more active in Latvia making 57% of test takers compared to 42% of boys. The average result of all participants was 76% which is close to the passing score (80%). So there is still some room for improving basic computer skills. The highest result–100% correct answers–was scored by 4 participants who were all girls aged 13-19 and coming from Latvia’s regional cities (Jekabpils, Salaspils, Kuldiga and Preili). They all received prizes: a portable audio speaker for a mobile...
FIT4JOBS project partners met in Amsterdam

FIT4JOBS project partners met in Amsterdam

Third FIT4JOBS project partners’ meeting took place in Amsterdam on the 4-5th March 2016. Partners gathered to review each country activities and discuss piloting results. Open discussion invited partners to share their experiences and to give recommendations that could later improve the project. Topics such as the training curricula, selection of trainees, employers’ engagement, job placements and mentoring were all discussed. As the pilot is coming to an end in April partners are preparing for the final reporting. The discussion outcomes of this meeting will feed into the recommendations in the final report. The next and final meeting of FIT4JOBS is scheduled for the 26- 27th April in Dublin, Ireland, to review the final report and other documents....
European Get Online Week 2016 to boost youth employability

European Get Online Week 2016 to boost youth employability

European Get Online Week (GOW) is an annual digital empowerment campaign led by Fit4Jobs project partner Telecentre Europe. Supported by Liberty Global and Cisco, the campaign will encourage Europeans to use the Internet and technology safely and with confidence, improving their digital skills and job opportunities. European GOW will mark its seventh edition this year on 14-20 March. This year’s campaign will focus around two themes: trust and confidence, and digital jobs. GOW 2016 will feature more than 4 000 events run by 29 partners in 27 countries. Previous editions of the campaign have helped over 800 000 Europeans to gain relevant digital skills and improved their chances finding a job. GOW 2016 will be officially launched on 4 March in Amsterdam. Telecentre Europe’s Managing Director Gabriel Rissola says: ‘Telecentre Europe is excited to launch this year’s GOW in Amsterdam, a smart-city known for its technology, innovation and high-quality education. A smart Europe generates new digital jobs and services, but we have to make sure no one is left behind and opportunities are equal for all. We run GOW to promote digital skills for jobs and inclusion, building people’s trust and confidence on using technology and the internet.’ ‘Not everyone is up to speed when it comes to digital skills yet. A third of Europe’s workforce has low or no digital skills,’ said Grant & Campaigns Manager at Telecentre Europe Laurentiu Bunescu in his latest interview for EURES. For the second year running the Get Online Week is also part of eSkills for Jobs campaign. GOW national partners will run special activities to target youth and unemployed to raise awareness about digital jobs and...
Fit4jobs is a successful tool for recruiters

Fit4jobs is a successful tool for recruiters

Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association (LIKTA) in cooperation with the Ltd. Lattelecom Call Center successfully trained a group of young people and got them on internships in the city of Liepaja. One of the success factors was a close collaboration with the employer from the start and the employer’s involvement in all stages of the Fit4jobs training. Ltd. Lattelecom Call Center was searching for employees to work in the IT customer service. However, it is not always easy to find candidates with adequate understanding of IT and different equipment but also with strong social skills. The main challenge is to find someone who has the knowledge of technology and also good Russian language skills needed to work with clients in Latvia. Usually potential employees are young people aged 18-25 who have recently graduated from schools or universities, and have no work experience. The testing process, applied in the selection before interviews with potential candidates, was highly rated by the Latvian employer. During the training and internship period, the employer also used the tests with other candidates outside of the project to evaluate results and compare them between different training groups. Lattelecom has observed that trainees, who have reached more than 50% in Fit4jobs tests, have been successfully trained for acquiring the necessary skills and getting to understand the training materials. Candidates whose performance was less than 50% were also invited to participate in the training, but they had difficulties to perceive the training material and the training process was more difficult for them as a whole. Fit4jobs tests have proved to be an excellent start and a successful tool...