Nearly half of the European labour force (47%)  is not confident their computer and internet skills are sufficient in today’s labour market, while the demand for employees with ICT skills is growing considerably, by around 3% a year . By 2015, 900.000 ICT job vacancies are forecasted to remain unfilled .
The Europe-wide Get Online Week campaign, organized in 26 countries between 18 and 24 March 2013, highlighted the essential role ICT skills play in today’s society and focused on encouraging young people to take up a career in ICT.
The Get Online Week campaign was organized for the fourth time by Telecentre-Europe, a Pan-European Association that represents 37 local network organizations operating across 27 countries and supported by the Get Online Week Alliance – formed by Accenture, Liberty Global and Microsoft.
Youth unemployment in the EU27 is higher than 20% , while the unmet demand for e-skills will be high in 2015, at a level that will be as much as double the number of qualified graduates . That’s why the campaign this year focused on youth, especially on how to direct more young people into digital qualifications and jobs.
In the field, 26 national Get Online Week campaign partners joined efforts with ICT companies and public authorities and organized a range of activities in both the urban and rural areas of their countries to empower people to use technologies for better jobs and better lives.
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During the 2012 edition of the Catalan “Connecta’t” program, 900 citizens were trained. The program reached a very wide range of the population in 24 municipalities of Catalonia (Spain) and was aimed to promote the digital literacy of the unemployed in order to facilitate their search for a job.
A total of 2145 hours of teaching were given, spread over 143 training modules (A: Digital Literacy, and B: Employment Guidance). All training took place at the facilities of 36 telecenters of the Catalan Network of ICT Points and at the venues of other partners such as libraries or youth information points.
A video report (subtitled in Spanish and Catalan) collects the impressions of various actors who participated in the project while evaluating the impact of the program on the territory.
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Thousands of Europeans were digitally empowered during the Get Online Week campaign of Telecentre-Europe. Between 18 and 24 March 2013, more than 10.000 ICT learning centres, libraries & schools in 26 countries supported over 100.000 people in their online journeys.
Telecentre-Europe is very pleased with the massive effort done by its partners during Get Online Week 2013 and its astonishing outcomes. In just one week, the European ICT learning centres, libraries, schools, etc. have changed the lives of so many people and proved once more why they are at the frontline of digital empowerment and inclusion.
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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.
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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 email@example.com 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.
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