Boosting Digital Skills on job – “Digital Opportunity Traineeship” Programme
On May 16, 2019, an event was held at Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with the active participation of ACCI, organized by the Innovation and Best Practices Unit of the Directorate General of Public Organizations of the Ministry of Administrative Reconstruction, to promote the national initiative National Coalition for the “Digital Skills and Employment” programme and the European Commission’s programme for traineeship “Digital Opportunity”, which is part of the Action Plan on Digital Skills 2019 “Digital Skills for Digital Greece”.
The audience consisted of representatives of the business world and executives of Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The event was welcomed by Secretary General of Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Charalambos Moraitis, who pointed out that digital transformation has brought up new standards to existing business structures, as well as new needs and opportunities in the labor market. The ability of businesses to remain competitive and grow depends more and more, on the innovative and efficient use of digital technology. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Athens meets the challenges of digital age and promotes a series of initiatives aimed at enhancing digital skills in businesses. Finally, he highlighted the usefulness of actions such as the “Digital Opportunity” programme, which enables young people to gain work experience and develop skills that meet the requirements of the labor market.
Subsequently, the Head of the Directorate-General for Public Organizations of the Ministry of Administrative Reconstruction, Mr. Nikos Michalopoulos, presented the role of the National Coalition, which is the pool of actions aimed at the development of advanced digital skills through encouraging synergies between the public sector and the Private. He pointed out that “business” requires practices of flexibility, adaptability to new labor market conditions and to the requirements of innovation due to the digital age that has overturned standards in businesses and the need for digital transformation. In this context, businesses need to reinforce the creation of digital jobs that offer the possevelopment of the labor force, in the labor market.
The presentation of the “Digital Opportunity” Programme was followed by Mrs. Kasviki Theoni of the Innovation and Best Practices Unit. The Digital Opportunity Programme is a European initiative that gives students, from different fields, the chance to experience digital education and development in areas, the market requires.
The presentation highlighted the benefits of the implementation of the Programme in businesses, by offering them the opportunity to have access to candidates from universities and technology educational institutions abroad, who are endowed with high skills and eagerness to respond to the high standards of the new model of digital workplace. The internships, within the programme, meet the needs of new digital business jobs and specialize young learners’ digital knowledge. Explanations and examples drawn from the European platforms and that could be used by potential trainees and businesses to initiate service exchange and implement the programme were provided.
The event ended with the presentation of Mr. Vasilis Salapatas, Head of the Information Systems Development and Support, on the “Innovative Digital Services of ACCI”. An interesting reference was made to a number of innovative services of ACCI, such as the “Geographical Information System and Support of Green Entrepreneurship”, “Remote Digital Signatures”, the “Tourist Gate”, the “Business Angels Network” aiming at the optimal management of market requirements and business facilitation, through innovative digital services.
There were questions asked on behalf of the public and a brief exchange of views.
Seminar on “Digital Opportunity Traineeships” at the Region of Thessaly
Unit of Innovation and Best Practices (Ministry of Administrative Reconstruction) held a seminar on European Commission’s pilot project “Digital Opportunity Traineeships” at the Region of Thessaly, on November 30th. The action is part of the Action Plan of the National Coalition on Digital Skills and Jobs 2018 and 2019.
Promotional actions of Unit of Innovation on the project have been as follows:
- offering access from the home page of the National Coalition website to the material of the European Commission (http://www.nationalcoalition.gov.gr/1507-2/),
- producing a leaflet translated in Greek presenting the program at a glance,
- creating an online tool to facilitate description of positions (http://www.nationalcoalition.gov.gr/business-internship/) and
- providing SMEs with technical assistance, either via phone calls or e-mails.
The idea of conducting a concrete action for Digital Opportunity Traineeships derived from the necessity not only to diffuse relevant information from the EC but also to highlight the role of the Greek Coalition in promoting the project in regional and local level targeting at SMEs.
Our starting point was Region of Thessaly, which occupies the central eastern part of continental Greece. Its economy is based mostly on activities related to the tertiary sector. The most important segments of the services economy is related to tourism, agricultural industry, retail, wholesale trade and transportation services, indicating the existence of a considerable number of businesses, mainly SMEs.
The target groups were representatives of both degrees of Local Government, local Chambers and business owners. Local authorities and Chambers could serve as facilitators for further promotion of the project through local media and websites.
Taken the above into consideration, the aims of the seminar have been the following:
- thoroughly informing on the rationale and the processes of the Digital Opportunity Traineeships project,
- emphasizing on the importance of digital skills for growth and competitiveness of a company, no matter its size (SME or larger),
- presenting the on line tools launched by the Greek Coalition,
- explaining the methodology to fully describe the job position offered (brainstorming, steps prior to and during completing the form, factors that should be taken into consideration),
- presenting a completed form to be taken as a model and
- encouraging participants to complete a form in real time.
Attendees were interested in the project and posed questions on all the above fields. Moreover, local authorities and representatives of local entrepreneurship were eager to link the aforementioned online tool with their websites in order to facilitate companies promote their internships.
Responsible for the programme is Ms. V. Karagiannakou, Digital Skills Officer at Unit of Innovation and Best Practices.