This year, the annual digital empowering campaign Get Online Week organized by Telecentre-Europe will be launched on March 5th, during the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs Conference (4-5 March, Brussels, Belgium).
Telecentre-Europe will present and officially open the campaign during the plenary session on “Raising Awareness” at Day 2 of the Conference (March 5th, at 12h10 CET).
After, a lunch briefing on the Get Online Week campaign will take place during the Grand Coalition Marketplace networking session.
» Follow our Twitter channel @tc_europe and the conference channels @eSkillsGrowthEU & #GC_EU to receive live updates from the conference!
On wednesday February 27th the upcoming #Spark13 conference – also known as the 4th Global Forum on Telecentres - was presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The event, which was hosted by the Spanish journalist Paco Lobatón, was streamed live by the Spanish telecentre network Guadalinfo.
A first broadcast happened at 11h CET from the stand of Telefonica and a second broadcast took place at 13h30 CET from the stand of Vodafone.
A first intervention was done (in Spanish) by Vicente Fernández Guerrero, Secretary General of Innovation, Industry and Energy of the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment of the Government of Andalusia.
After, the heads of the Spark Organizing Committee each held a speech:
» Miguel Raimilla, Executive Director of Telecentre.org Foundation (TCF): The first part of his speech (in English) referred to the Spark conference and its characteristics. The second part of his speech (in Spanish) explained why Telecentre.org has chosen Andalusia to celebrate the global conference.
» Gabriel Rissola, Managing Director of Telecentre-Europe (TE). His speech (in English) explained what the European network is about and why the Spark conference is important for the strategic goals of the Digital Agenda for Europe.
» Juan Francisco Delgado, President of the Association of Community Telecentre Networks in Spain and Chief Executive Officer of the Guadalinfo Network.His speech (in Spanish) concluded the act and invited the audience to start living the Spark conference from now on, through the online channels and the twitter hashtag #Spark13.
» view pictures of the event (made by TEB Youth Association)
Over 2000 eInclusion organizations have filled out the MIREIA survey between January 2nd and February 15th. To give a chance to other organizations that would like to be included in the EU27 mapping exercise, the European Commission JRC-IPTS who is conducting the research jointly with DG-CONNECT have announced an extension of the deadline to fill out the survey until February 28th.
Especially organizations active in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and Estonia are kindly invited to fill the survey or disseminate it to organizations of which they think should be present at the European map of eInclusion!
WHO should fill the MIREIA survey?
Those organisations whose activities include reducing gaps in ICT usage and promoting the use of ICT to overcome exclusion, and improve economic performance, employment opportunities, quality of life or social participation and cohesion.
WHY participating in the MIREIA survey?
» You will be part of a public database sponsored by the European Commission
» You will have the opportunity to be invited to European Commission consultations, and contribute / influence EU policies on digital inclusion and empowerment
» You will have access to an ample directory of organizations that share similar challenges and that might become your partners
» You will have the opportunity to demonstrate collectively the extension and diversity of the eInclusion sector, and also the impact that you have in your communities
HOW to participate?
» Click here and complete the short survey, available in 15 European languages, before 28th February!
» Follow updates via the Telecentre-Europe Newsletter
» Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions
» For more information, please check the MIREIA survey webpage
Brussels, BELGIUM | 26 FEBRUARY 2013
Today, youth unemployment in the EU27 is higher than 20%. While demand for employees with ICT skills is growing by around 3% a year, pessimistic projections warn that if nothing is done to resolve the mismatch between current skills and needs of the labour market, up to 800.000 (1) ICT practitioners’ vacancies will remain unfilled by 2015.
Accenture, Liberty Global and Microsoft decided to take action. Together with Telecentre-Europe, an umbrella organisation that represents ICT learning centres & library networks from all over Europe, they created the Get Online Week Alliance that will support this year’s Get Online Week campaign – happening between 18-24 March 2013.around 3% a year, pessimistic projections warn that if nothing is done to resolve the mismatch between current skills and needs of the labour market, up to 800.000 (1) ICT practitioners’ vacancies will remain unfilled by 2015.
Continue reading »
The 2012 Annual Report for Telecentre.org Foundation (TCF) is now available for download.
This 10-page report presents a comprehensive look at TCF’s accomplishments during the Year 2012 and highlights efforts made under TCF programs and initiatives such as Telecentre Women, Telecentre Sustainability, and the Global Community.
» Download a copy of the report
In about 1 week time EOS Foundation managed to reach 1500 Romanian eInclusion actors and over 150 organizations have already filled the MIREIA survey. This was made possible through the use of mailing lists and an already established partners network.
According to the population figure for Romania, the MIREIA mapping exercise had established a minimum target of having 102 eInclusion actors to fill the survey. In no time, and with the help of national partners, the Romanian MIREIA branch EOS Foundation managed to supersede the minimum target with almost 50%!
» Read more at our community site
On January 24th, more than 100 experts & officials from the industrial, academic & public sector gathered with Pan-European NGO leaders for the conference Towards a European Quality label for ICT industry training & certication.
Telecentre-Europe AISBL was represented by Mara Jakobsone (Chair), Gabriel Rissola (Managing Director) and Juan Francisco Delgado (Board Member).
At the conference, a broad consensus emerged that the e-competence framework and a widely-accepted quality label could help bring a new degree of focus to fill the impending e-skills gap, as the current mismatch between the skills available and the needs of the ICT labour market, could lead to 860.000 vacancies by 2015.
» Read more at our community site