Get Online Week 2014 to take place in March

Our well known campaign titled Get Online Week (GOW)  will take Europe this March 24-30th.

GOW12_launch_6357_girlsRTelecentre Europe is expecting around 5000 ICT learning centres – in 30 countries across Europe – to open their doors and support thousands of people to get ICT training, certification and/or access to digital jobs.

 In 2014, the main focus of the GOW will be on employment and digital jobs, consistent with the policy and industry efforts to reach higher employment rates and to better match the eSkills supply and demand. This year the Get Online Week is embedded into the eSkills for Jobs campaign led by the European Commission.

 By mid-February, the campaign will have a new visual identity and an improved website that will be available at the same URL: By then, we should also have most of the national partners confirmed and can give you more info on what activities will take place in the different countries.

 If you are interested to learn more about the campaign, or how you can get involved, please contact us.


Telecentre Europe Newsletter January 2014

Screen shot 2014-02-04 at 10.01.08In this issue:

World Economic Forum and Digital Jobs, Get Online Week 2014, Member News from Germany and Lithuania, CareNet Open Call for pilots,etc.

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Grand Opening of the Microsoft Centre in Brussels

2014, January 21st

The Microsoft centre is a modern and spacious building, which opens the doors to a new era of collaboration between Microsoft and its stakeholders for the benefit of Europe’s youth.

Telecentre Europe was one of the invitees to the Grand Opening of the Microsoft Centre in Brussels earlier this week. The event served as the official opening of the Microsoft centre to young people in Brussels who will be its main beneficiaries, but also to stakeholders from the Brussels arena: non-profit European associations, High-level Commission officials and others who have an interest in Microsoft YouthSpark in Europe and the challenging area of youth unemployment and e-skills mismatch.



The keynotes were given by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso who addressed the audience through video, stating that job creation is the European Commission’s number one priority and “without ICT there is no innovation”. László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion made the introductory speech referring numerous times to the high number of available jobs in the ICT sector.

The Brussels case

Minister of Economy and Employment in the Brussels-Capital Region, Céline Fremault also spoke at the event, which marked the occasion for co-signing with Microsoft a continuation of their fruitful collaboration agreement for three more years. Minister Fremaut said that in Brussels alone there are 3.000 ICT jobs available for young people that remain unfilled. With widespread unemployment among its youth, the Microsoft centre and initiatives will surely direct a number of Brussels youngsters into training and ultimately employment. The Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC) already exists in Brussels since 2011 and is now integrated into the newly opened Microsoft centre. Microsoft Innovation centres are public-private partnerships focused on economic development that help the creation of companies in the technology sectors and accompany start-up development. Currently there are 30 MICs in Europe, with 4 of them in Belgium.

Microsoft Europe photo

Brad Smith, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President made an inspiring speech and announced that next year Microsoft will create 9000 new paid traineeships openings in Europe. Mr. Smith also announced that Microsoft would continue providing grants to its three partner organisations from the non-profit sector, namely European youth forum, (FEJ), Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise (JA-YE) and our own organisation, Telecentre Europe.

Coding at a young age

The highlight of the event was the live connection to a primary school in Portugal where we saw pupils as young as 6 years old learn how to code. Their teacher stressed the importance of coding not only for their understanding of future ICT related challenges but also how this task encourages other soft skills such as collaboration and creativity- all incredibly important for the current and future technology-dependent workplace. Telecentre Europe member from Poland- FRSI offered a live connection with a group of teenagers in a public library, as part of the project led by FRSI called “ Link to the Future. Youth .Internet. Career”. There was a lively interaction between the remote locations and the event moderator. From 11:30 am to 12:30 the event hosted a live  debate with a number of MEPs who answered video questions from European youth, live questions from the audience and social feeds.

by Masha Tarle, Communication, events and press @Telecentre Europe

Telecentre Europe to hold its General Assembly in Riga

January 20, 2014

Telecentre Europe will hold its annual General Assembly 2014  on February 18-19th in Riga, Latvia.All our members have already received a registration link and are urged to register as soon as possible. At the General Assembly we will approve and adopt formal documents such as the Annual report 2013 and Workplan 2014 and will also look into our new rebranding plans and agree on operational issues related to our current European projects and Campaigns like Get Online Week 2014, Local Coalitions and others.

RigaThe location for this year’s GA is Riga. It is also the home country of our Board President Dr. Mara Jakobsone and the organisation LIKTA, our active member from Latvia. Described as “ a friendly, trying to stay fit and fashionable” and “ representing a Western vibe in the Eastern Europe with a twist” Riga will surely offer a fine place to visit and meet each other.

 The venue is the Tallink Hotel Riga (Elizabetes 24/1, LV-1050 Riga, Latvia). The GA meeting hours are: 18th of February: 15:00 to 18:00 and 19th of February: 09:00 to 17:00.

As we will start in the afternoon of February 18th and will continue until end the 19th, members are expected to arrive on February 18th in the morning and are advised to travel back on the 19th in the evening or next day. For any further information, do not hesitate to contact TE staff.

Call for Open Pilot for ICT competencies in the care sector

The careNET Consortium, coordinated by IPERIA, consisting of eight European partners is inviting organisations outside the Consortium and potentially from other countries to join an Open Pilot experience. It is an open and free possibility for home care service providers or other organisations dealing with home care workers or older people as receivers of home care to take part in a pilot exercise.

The careNET Consortium is implementing the project entitled “CareNET-logoBuilding ICT competencies in the long-term care sector to enhance quality of life for older people and those at risk of exclusion” with the support of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme. The careNET project is aimed at developing a critical set of ICT competences in 2 identified ‘at-risk’ target groups: care-workers and older persons.

Organisations joining the pilot will receive full access to the key outputs of the project including the map of domains of competences, learning path and learning resources, and other tools of the Virtual Learning Environment. Pilot organisations will also receive methodological support from the Consortium and will be invited to present their pilot experience at the careNET final conference (‘ICT and e-Skills for Social Care’) taking place in February 2014 in Brussels.

A Handbook of Piloting Procedures is available to provide practical guidance to the piloting exercise that can be used by staff and organisations involved in the open pilot and their local partners. The Handbook introduces the pilot in the context of the project, describes the original national piloting scenarios (France and Spain), and presents in details the three phases of the pilot: pre-pilot, pilot and post-pilot activities. It explains for each phase the range of activities, the administrative procedures and the required templates.

If your organisation is interested in joining the Open Pilot experience, please contact Laure Lhermet ( project officer at IPERIA or Peter Palvolgyi ( responsible for exploitation activities at Telecentre-Europe. For more information about the careNET project, the implementing partners and the ongoing pilot experience in France and Spain, please visit our website ( or follow us on Facebook (



Telecentre Europe Newsletter December 2013

December NewsletterIn this issue:

Looking back at TE achievments in 2013, E-skills events and news, Latvian National ICT prize…

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One hundred use the Skillage tool at Online Educa in Berlin

December 4 to 6th, 2013

Telecentre-Europe was present earlier this month at Online Educa in Berlin – the largest global conference on technology supported learning and training. The participation of Telecentre-Europe was twofold: to present Skillage, its online tool that helps users quickly assess their digital skills, and to disseminate its current Life-Long Learning project titled M4ALL, dealing with game-based learning in special education.

online educa

In its 19th year, Online Educa gathered more than 2000 delegates from 90 countries, making it a significant learning experience in itself for the delegates that saw a wide range of international practices, research, projects and platforms. The conference  featured six main themes, with the Skillage presentation within  the Combining Creativity, Innovation and Skills to Increase Inclusion and Employability theme and led by Telecentre-Europe’s Operations and Campaigns Manager Laurentiu Bunescu.

Throughout the event around one hundred participants took the Skillage assessment test. In fact, Skillage is much more than an assessment of the person’s digital skills: it teaches young Europeans- who are its main target audience- which digital skills are important to have in most work environments today. The tool is therefore very timely: with recent youth unemployment and the rising need of digital skills, it seems that it the next 5 years 90% of new jobs will require digital skills.

Today Skillage is aligned to the DIGCOMP – A Framework for Developing and Understanding Digital Competence in Europe, and it can be used for multiple purposes, some being listed below:

  • High-school students preparing for informal ICT training
  • University students preparing for jobs
  • Young people wishing to test their skills before ICT training
  • First level assessment for young people with basic digital skills aspiring for ICT careers

>> View here the Skillage presentation.