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 the set of skills required for these jobs. A new stakeholder platform I-LINC (www.i-linc.eu) will offer resources for boosting youth employability and entrepreneurship.
More information: www.getonlineweek.eu
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National updates and photos will be posted on e-Inclusion network: www.unite-it.eu