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...
Telecentre Europe

Telecentre Europe

Telecentre Europe and its members at the General Assembly 2015 In today’s knowledge based society digital technologies represent a gateway to economic and social development. Although more than 75% of Europeans are Internet users, many others are still missing out: the elderly, the poor and those living in rural areas. Moreover, even those that are connected often do not know what opportunities exist in the digital sphere in terms of employment, but also personal and professional development and an improved communication with others, in their own community and beyond. Telecentre Europe aspires to play a prominent role in getting Europeans digitally savvy by motivating telecentres and other NGOs in the field to continue training people in basic and advanced digital skills and opening them up to opportunities. Without strong support from public bodies and private institutions, we cannot make it happen! Telecentre Europe works to make sure digital literacy and digital skills are high on the political agenda. Telecentre Europe is a European non-for-profit organisation (NGO) and a member based association with a central office in Brussels, Belgium. It represents publicly funded telecentres/telecentre networks, ICT learning centres, adult education centres and libraries across Europe where children and adults can access the Internet, learn the latest digital skills and keep up do date with technology  and community developments. All our members and partners believe that Information and Communication technology has an enormous potential to combat social exclusion and poverty. Telecentre Europe coordinates a number of projects, programmes and campaigns that empower people through ICT. One such initiative is the Get Online Week, taking place every year in March. The Fit4Jobs project is also an opportunity to support TE’s members, especially...
Programa Escolhas in Portugal

Programa Escolhas in Portugal

Photo credit: coolabora.pt Programa Escolhas (Choices Programme) is a Portuguese Governmental social and digital inclusion funding structure, which was created in 2001. The Programme was created to promote the social inclusion of children and youths of the most vulnerable communities, particularly the descendants of immigrants and other ethnic minorities. For the purpose of Fit4Jobs Project, Programa Escolhas will involve its network of local Digital Inclusion Centres implemented in low socioeconomic areas, as well as other key stakeholders from the public and private sectors, especially companies from the ICT sector. Furthermore Escolhas intends to benefit from the collaboration of the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training and the active engagement of the Foundation for Science and Technology. Background The Choices Programme was created in January 2001 and is currently in its 5th iterative phase, which will run until December 31, 2015. The programme is currently financing 110 social inclusion projects in vulnerable communities throughout the country. The projects are defined by local consortia of partners (schools, NGOs, municipalities, etc.) that comply with a set of rules set out in Portuguese law (Normative Dispatch n. 27/2009). The projects are designed in five main categories: 1) School inclusion and non-formal education; 2) Vocational training and employability; 3) Community and civic participation; 4) Digital inclusion; and 5) Entrepreneurship and empowerment. Therefore, alongside the 110 projects, the Cabinet Resolution that defined the 5th generation, established the opportunity to fund a further 30 projects (15 in 2014 and 15 in 2015). These are annual experimental projects based on creative and sustainable responses, with a clear focus on employability, job placement and business development. They are particularly designed for...
Fit Ltd. in Ireland

Fit Ltd. in Ireland

Photo credit: Smartfutures.ie FIT Ltd.  plans to organise in Ireland three training  courses with 20 participants each. The courses reflect some of the biggest skills shortages in Ireland: Web development, Social Media for Business and Systems & Networks. The courses will start in March and run for 3 months. The target audience for these courses are job seekers wishing to improve their ICT skills and find work in a role related to their skills. FIT is an industry-led initiative which works in close collaboration with the Irish government departments and national education and training agencies, local development organisations and a host of community based organisations. FIT’s mission is to promote an inclusive Smart Economy by creating a fast track to marketable technical skills for those at risk of unemployment long term. It is the primary industry skills development initiative facilitating collaboration with government, education & training providers and disadvantaged communities to enable greater access to employment for marginalised job seekers. FIT Ltd, a registered charity and not for profit organisation, was established in 1999. The Initiative develops and promotes technology-based programmes and career development opportunities for job seekers who have become detached from the labour market in an increasingly knowledge-based economy.Since it started in Dublin in 1999, FIT has expanded substantially and now operates across the Republic of Ireland. More recently FIT has commenced programmes in Northern Ireland under the banner FIT-NI. To date, over 16,000 job seekers have completed FIT skills development programmes of which over 12,000 progressed into employment. 3,000 job seekers are currently participating in FIT programmes. Recently the European Commission cited FIT as one of the...