The VET (Vocational Education & Training) programs led by Telecentre-Europe’s members Fast Track to IT (FIT, Ireland) and Interface3 (Belgium) are good examples that show how many long-term unemployed people can succeed in high skills training programmes and find a quality job related to technology.
In Ireland and since 1999, over 11.000 unemployed people have completed an FIT ICT training and 8.500 (77%) got jobs. A quarter of FIT participants in Ireland are aged 25 or under.
In Belgium and since 1988, 5.000 women have received IT training at Interface3 and 70% of them found quality jobs in the IT field or in other professional fields very much affected by IT.
Both organizations closely engage the industry and work at the interface between skills demand from employers and public training provision. This “skills ecosystem analysis” (OECD 2008) aspect is more important than ever, with ICT now effectively a global marketplace and ICT skills shortages growing in most countries.
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Women represent less than 15% of IT professionals in Europe. How to overcome gender stereotypes that discourage girls to explore career paths in ICT? Telecentre-Europe’s Belgian member Interface3 has built a methodology that already reached 3120 students!
At the Get Online Week 2012 launch event, Interface3 and Greenlight for girls led a web developing workshop with the goal of building a techno workshop by women for (young) women. During the one hour workshop, students of Interface3′s webmaster course guided a group of eight 16-18 years old schoolgirls from St John’s International School ‘to discover the code behind the web’. The workshop resulted in a success for both “trainers” and “trainees”.
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UK based Digital Activist Inclusion Network (DAIN) made a documentary about their volunteers study trip to Belgium between 25th and 28th October 2011. In Brussels, they filmed their visit at Interface3 and their attendance at Telecentre-Europe’s Summit.
DAIN volunteer interviews about their experiences at the Telecentre-Europe Summit run from 7:15 to about 10:00 within the documentary and their visit to Telecentre-Europe’s member organization Interface3 runs from 1:20 to about 4:11.
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Since its creation in 1988, Interface3 has worked to expand the range of professional opportunities available for women, and to improve their qualifications in ICT.
Interface3 offers a variety of training programs in IT related areas where women are under-represented, and in more traditionally female jobs which have become increasingly dependent on the use of computers and the internet.