Published on March 7, 2014
Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs Gabriel Rissola, Managing Director Telecentre-Europe AISBL SparkLab Andalusia launch Granada (Spain), 7 March 2014
Unemployment rates in Europe (July 2013) • EU-28 unemployment rate: 11.0% (26,654 million people) • EA-17 unemployment rate: 12,1% (19.231 million people)
Unemployment in Europe: highlights • Dramatic raise of unemployment rates: 6.8% in 2008 to 11.0% in 2013 • Almost leveled unemployment rates between men (10,7%) and women (10.8 %) by end of 2012 • Youth unemployment : • EU-28: 23.4% (5.56 million people under 25) • EA-17: 3.5 million people under 25) • Lowest rates in Germany (7.7 %), Austria (9.2 %) and Malta (10.6 %) • Highest rates in Greece (62.9 %), Spain (56.1 %) and Croatia (55.4 %)
Lack of enough digital workers in Europe • Not enough candidates to work as ICT practitioners • A number of practitioners does not acquire through education and/or training (all) the skills demanded by industry • A substantial number of those that do have the right skills lives far away from the job opportunities. • For those who are ready to move to a job abroad it is hard to demonstrate their skills acquired informally – which is often the case of younger adults.
Lack of enough digital workers in Europe • The demand for employees with ICT skills is growing considerably, by around 3% a year • More than 500.000 ICT job vacancies are forecasted to remain unfilled by 2015 • Nearly half of the European labour force (47%) is not confident their computer and internet skills are sufficient in today’s labour market
Filling the gap: Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs
Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs 1. Training and matching for digital jobs ICT practitioners and career changers (including mid-career workers from adjacent work areas) need training programmes that meet employers’ skills needs and effective placement services that help to bring them into jobs. Indicators: •Number of people who have graduated from GC4DJ industry-led training and certification programmes •Number of job placements through projects carried out under the GC4DJ
Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs 2. Mobility Hiring ICT practitioners from other Member States remains a challenge for many SMEs; where large companies have sufficient resources and extended networks, small companies lack information and scale. Indicators: •Number of ICT job vacancies filled from other member states through EURES targeted mobility schemes
Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs 3. Certification To stimulate the take-up of a single European certification scheme for digital skills of ICT practitioners, based on European quality labels for ICT industry-based training and certifications and the European e-Competence Framework. Indicators: •Number of Member States/ companies/employees adopting and using the European e-Competence framework
Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs 4. Attracting young people to ICT: awareness raising Awareness raising campaigns at EU and national levels are indispensable to better inform students, young professionals and SMEs about the range of opportunities that ICT-related jobs offer (i.e. education and training, jobs and careers). Indicators: •Number of ICT university enrolments/graduates •Number of young people entering/finishing ICT education and training (i.e. formal education/VET and ICT industry training)
Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs 5. Attracting people to ICT: innovative learning and teaching The choice for ICT careers by school/higher education students should be fostered. This requires more aligned educational schemes as well as structural changes inside the educational systems. Bridging the worlds of education, industry and employment is essential to reach this objective. Indicators not developed yet
Who we are • Pan-European membership organisation representing 39 local network organizations from 27 European countries • It represents 20.000+ ICT access and training centres • Prominent e-Inclusion umbrella organisation in Europe • Expert on e-literacy, e‐skills and IT social business • It promotes knowledge and resource sharing, mutual support, capacity development and advocacy • Regular programmes and tools
Local Coalitions for Digital Jobs • T-E contribution to support the GC4DJ • Multi-stakeholder partnerships developed/facilitated by T-E national members in EU Member States • Focus on countries facing higher unemployment rates and larger digital job gaps • Confirmed LCs in Ireland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Poland • LCs in process of formation in Portugal, Slovenia and Croatia • Activities focused on awareness raising, training, certification and matching of digital jobs offer and demand
Local Coalitions for Digital Jobs: aims • Facilitate youth/unemployed people access to industry-led training and certificates recognized internationally • Stimulate the take-up of the European e-Competences framework as a standard to assess and certify the digital skills of ICT practitioners • Develop regional projects to ensure effective filling of ICT vacancies, in particular from SME • Upscale successful local projects to achieve an impact on European level, and learn from successful solutions developed in partner countries
Local Coalitions for Digital Jobs: activities • Organize awareness raising campaigns to promote ICT education, jobs and careers with young people • Involve young people in "real" ICT projects to discover fascinating domains and ultimately choosing a career in ICT • Bring in contact pupils and students with successful ICT personalities, organizations and senior experienced people • Organize promotional events that target secondary and university students and include a competition, with scholarships awarded through industry-led competitions
SparkLab contribution to the Local Coalitions • Through technological innovation, attract young people to telecentres (either as users or digital mentors) • Through experimentation, allow them co-designing and co-creating products & services ideas that could be marketable • Through social innovation (e.g. Innycia) help them developing digital endeavours with a sense of local development • Through collaboration with IT industry, design tailored programmes to develop young digital talent that meet employers’ skills needs • Therefore, motivate young people interest to embrace digital
Spanish Local Coalition Formed by all members of the Spanish Association of Telecentres: • Consortium Fernando de los Ríos Andalusia • Asturian Services Technology Consortium. • Cabildo Insular of Fuerteventura. • Technological Center Foundation of Integral Logistics Cantabria. • Government of Castile and Leon. • Provincial de Burgos • Directions General of Telecommunications and Information Society Catalonia. • Xunta of Galicia • Directions General of Telecommunications and Information Society of Murcia. • Dedalus Foundation Tudela • Red KZGunea Basque Government • Esplai Foundation • Red.es
Spanish Local Coalition • More cooperation agreements to be signed soon
Spanish Local Coalition Activities already performed: •Social Internet conference •Innycia (Guadalinfo) •E-inclusión Forum (Esplai) •Digital Competences workshop (Association of Telecentre Networks) •2 SparkLabs launch (Catalonia and Andalusia) More info: http://competenciasdigitalestc.wordpress.com
Spanish Local Coalition Next steps •Continue the process of expansion with new partners •Local Coalition Action Plans development (individual and collective) •Participation in Telecentre Europe Project : • Local Coalition plan for MOS-MTA campaign • Get Online Week 2014 •Internal dissemination of the activities and projects of the Spanish Local Coalition •External Conference presentation and diffusion of Local and Grand Coalition
Thank you gabriel.rissola@telecentre-Europe.org
Board Member at Telecentre Europe, Chief Technology Officer at Information Society Development Foundation, Owner at Proconsult Past
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