“IT for Your Tomorrow”: Let’s motivate young people!

In the frame of a new project called "ICT skills for youth career opportunities”, funded by Microsoft, Langas į ateitį (LIA) is organizing a series of events for young Lithuanians between 16-24

The concept

  • So far, have you been using IT only for games and Facebook?

  • Would you like to learn more about the role IT will play in your future?

  • Do you wonder how people earn money online? Or how you can build a good online reputation?

Above questions are teasers that should invite about 1500 youngsters to the informational & educational events “IT for Your Tomorrow” that are happening in 5 regional centers of Lithuania.

The purpose is to  encourage young people to gather more information about the needs at the Lithuanian labour market, to better understand the importance of e-skills in the always increasing demand in personal competences, and to get them acquainted with e-services and e-tools for improving  their employability skills.

At the events, experts like stockbrokers, architects, marketing managers, IT programmers, designers, etc. will illiustrate their professions to the youngsters.

They will also expose their own success stories and motivate them to take up a particular career.

As working for a project partner company is something very wanted among young people in Lithuania today, it is expected that the experts will leave a strong impression.

Freedom of choice

The 5 educational events have chosen for an innovative approach. At the participants’ disposal will be 3 classrooms for lecturing and an information forum with 10 booths. Participants will be free to choose the lecturer, topic or booth they’re interested in.

Business professionals, university lecturers, regionally well known people, e-services providers, etc  have prepared a total of 12 presentations:

“Choosing a profession: will  I need IT?”, “My career planning”, “Making money on the internet?”, “Your online reputation”, “The start of my independent financial life”, “IT in TV”, “You and your first Job Interview”, etc

The Information forum will include e-services and e-products that are relevant to young people that are looking for a  job, starting their own business or planning to take a loan for studies. They will be able to use  Skillage to test their ICT skills for a job  or learn useful tips about privacy settings on Facebook, etc.

Strong partnership

While preparing the concept of the youth events, LIA decided to build a strong partnership with social partners and business companies, who are all able to invite good experts and provide professional, competent information about the use of information technologies in relevant occupations.

LIA succeeded in involving numerous partners and all itsstakeholders into the project:  banks, IT and telecommunication companies, social partners such as Lithuanian Labour Exchange,Microsoft,  the NGO Enterprise Lithuania and the Lithuanian Youth Council will all participate in the youth events. LIA also invited all important local community actors such as high schools, universities, regional libraries, etc.

Events calender

The first event will be held in Klaipėda city on October 5. The next 4 events will be held in Utena, Alytus, Šalčininkai and Ukmergė, every two weeks starting from this Friday.

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Comment by Juan Francisco Delgado on October 8, 2012 at 19:49

Yes , very interesting Loreta for Market Place. Great idea! 

Comment by Loreta Krizinauskiene on October 8, 2012 at 12:55

During  TE summit in Warsaw this youth project will be introduced in detail to all  interested partners. Join the market place:)

Comment by Karolina Jasvinaite on October 8, 2012 at 9:05
Comment by Karolina Jasvinaite on October 6, 2012 at 14:47

The first of the 5 events was held yesterday in Klaipeda. It was great! Over 350 young people participated in forum and presentations. Soon I will share some photos of the it.

Juan, thank you for willing to share our initiative in the Summit! "Langas i ateiti" representatives will go there as well, so we have to agree on the information being presented during the meeting. I will let you know asap.

Comment by Juan Francisco Delgado on October 5, 2012 at 17:54

A very good initiative. Working with our youth from telecentres is very important and in the coming years is critical. The level of youth unemployment in the European Union (especially Spain) is necessary to generate these inicitivas. I would like to share in the Summit'12. Thanks

Comment by Ian Clifford on October 5, 2012 at 8:48

Great initiative, thanks for posting, and really glad that Skillage is going to get used! Please let us know how the events go!!

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