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FIT4JOBS: Building the skills employers need

fit4jobsEmployers often comment that people with the right skills are difficult to find. On the other hand, millions of people all over Europe are unemployed, desperate for an opportunity to work. Because of this paradox 7 countries consortium starts a new project for finding a solution to maintain this situation.

 

What can we do?

We have all heard about the “need to invest in people”, and nowhere is this more evident that with young people (ages 18 to 30) who have been unemployed for a long period of time.  Instead of seeing them as the problem we believe that people are the solution to the lack of growth and competitiveness. Our plan is therefore to find motivated candidates amongst the unemployed and train them in a range of ICT and soft skills for job positions in private companies.

 

A model that works 

Training job seekers with the in-demand skills has already been successfully proven as highly effective by Fast-track to IT (FIT Ltd), a nonprofit organisation established in 1999 in Ireland.  FIT is an industry-led initiative which works in close collaboration with government & employers, national education and training agencies, local development organisations and a host of community based organisations. To date, over 16,500 job seekers have completed FIT skills development programmes and over 12,000 have progressed to employment. (75% progression rate) Recently the European Commission cited FIT as one of the most effective employability initiatives in Europe.

 

A timely project for Europe

fit4jobs is a European-funded pilot programme based on the successful FIT model of upskilling job seekers and placing  them in employment.  The project has originated from an official pledge made by FIT to the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. The objective of the project is to recreate the FIT model in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Latvia and Lithuania, together with local partner organisations. The long-term vision is that this model, if scalable in participating countries, could achieve over 100,000 job placements per year in Europe.

 

How will it work?

We will identify 100 job seekers with low to mid-level ICT skills who express an interest in ICT training for employment. We will then choose, through a series of aptitude tests and interviews, 30 job seekers and provide them with a 3-month training in the skills needed by companies looking for ICT talent.

 


We need your support

Experience has shown that a vital aspect of this process is the strong support & participation from employers. In order to understand what skills are needed in the job market we need to engage with local companies, big and small willing to attract talented individuals and give them employment opportunities.

  

Positive feedback on FIT4JOBS in Lithuania

As the project is getting closer to its end the participants have completed the IT training and now they are working in various Lithuanian companies as interns or as full time employees. Here is the interview with the Training and Education Officer of Fit4jobs in Lithuania Rita Goberė where she talks about the project and the future prospects

 

 

Partner organisations  FIT4Jobs project

Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA), the leading ICT professional non-governmental association promoting the development of Information Society and e-skills in Latvia.

 

The Lithuanian Association  Langas į ateitį, a non-profit initiative launched in 2002 by private companies and that provides  computer literacy and Internet training to adults stimulating the growth of e-services countrywide

 

The Spanish Association of Telecentre Networks (ACRT) brings together a number of entities to impulse, activate and maintain public spaces (telecentres) in order  promote the Information Society and provide access to ICT to citizens

 

Programa Escolhas, a nationwide program, created in 2001 and operating under the High Commission for Migration, aiming to promote social inclusion of children and young people from vulnerable socio-economic backgrounds.

 

The Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (HePIS) is a network of all   ICT Professionals in Greece advocating their interests at both national and European level.

 

FIT Ltd (Fast Track to IT) is an industry-led initiative which works in close collaboration with the (Irish) government departments and national education and training agencies, local development organisations and a host of community based organisations.

 

Telecentre Europe is a member-based association representing networks and NGO’s in the field of digital skills, social inclusion and ICT adult education providers.