The seventh edition of the Get Online Week campaign was recently held, coordinated by the European Telecentre Association. For the fifth year in a row, the event was held in Spain, with the support of Asociación Comunidad de Redes de Telecentros (ACRT). The activities conducted at the telecentres within the network focused on new occupations, training for employment and digital skill accreditation. All the scheduled activities and their their impact were reported on http://gowes.competenciasdigitales.com

The main bash of the Campaign was the 15th Meeting of Telecentre Networks, organised in collaboration with the Technological Modernisation Agency of Galicia under the slogan “Boosting Your Digital Upskilling”. The purpose was to get to know the main strategic actions carried out by Telecentre Networks, to boost the position of Telecentres as key resources for improving digital skills for employability and to encourage digital social innovation.

Four debate panels were organised. The first one focused on digital skill accreditation, with a presentation of the experience of the CODIX programme (office automation digital skills certificate) in Galicia and the digital skill training model implemented by Guadalinfo in Andalusia.

The second panel analysed the FIT4jobs European programme for the fostering of employability, which aims to readjust the training pathway of young people towards the field of ICTs so as to satisfy the current and future demand and to improve their professional opportunities. Further European projects being developed by the Association were also analysed and the Director of the AMETIC's IT Foundation delivered a speech on “The professional profiles of digital transformation” and the “e-Skills for jobs” campaign.

The third panel focused on the CeMIT-innova initiative, promoted by Amtega in 2015, under which 9 digital social innovation initiatives were implemented in 9 seminars of the CeMIT Network; the “Yellow Cable” project for the building of an innovative ecosystem in the classroom network of Murcia; and finally the “Living Labs” experience promoted by the CyLDIGITAL Network, whose purpose is the design, deployment and starting up of social labs with entrepreneurs and microSMEs within the telecentre network.

The first part of the meeting was closed with a lecture by Gabriel Rissola on the DIGICOMP digital skills model and its development across Europe.

Several face-to-face workshops were scheduled, among other activities, under the slogan “DesignThinking for digital social innovation”. Based on a disruptive thinking methodology, these gatherings focused on creating spontaneous ideas  and proposals on digital social innovation aiming to solve social challenges. 80 experts from telecentre networks from Galicia and the rest of Spain participated in the workshops.

Additionally, further webinars were arranged under the Technological Literacy Plan, with information sessions on ICT tools and resources for job searching, digital CV management, basic digital skills and office automation free-license tools. In all, some 120 training actions were held during the Get Online Week in Extremadura alone, with around 1100 participants.

Among other activities, several workshops were held in Tudela, such as “SKILLAGE, Are you ready to get hired?”. These workshops relied on an online tool that analyses the digital skills of participants. Following the skill analysis, participants were given a set of recommendations to improve their digital skills.

A second workshop was held under the heading “Online procedures for the unemployed”, focusing on the services available at the website of the Employment Service of Navarre for citizens to conduct and accelerate administrative procedures. Additionally, Fundación Dédalo launched its new service: “Access to resources for unemployed people”. This service makes available to unemployed people a workstation to facilitate their integration into the labour market (building their own CV, active job search in online sites and access to information and resources to consider self-employment as a job opportunity). As a final step in the Campaign, Fundación Dédalo donated a total of 22 computers to non-profit associations to promote the use of technologies among groups finding difficulties to access the Information Society.

Finally, the telecentre networks of Castille-León, Galicia and Andalusia, plus  Fundación Esplai, organised several face-to-face and online training workshops to help young people  improve their employability by learning and using ICTs.

The seminars and workshops were oriented to unemployed people (improving their job search over the internet and using social media) and to workers seeking to improve their digital skills and competences to look for new professional opportunities. A total of over 13000 people participated in the workshops. However, since some of the scheduled training actions are still being developed, final turnout data will exceed these figures.

GOW in Spain closes with over 2600 direct participants in the training workshops and with a global impact in social media of over 1,300,000 counts of the hashtag #GOW16ES.

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