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Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition

In January 2017, Nurideas joined the European Commission Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. As a result, we plan to contribute to the training objectives of unemployed young people for digital jobs. Also to support upskilling and redevelopment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Nurideas is a micro company made up of three founding members. We have experience in the academic and industrial research sector and in the training of young and non-university graduates. These skills are made available in offering services and support to SMEs.

Our action

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Firstly, training. In 2018, we have hosted two trainees from the “Web Mobile Application and Internet of Things” course intended for young unemployed people, organized by the Regione Autonoma della Sardegna. The trainees have worked with us on our SANUM project. In particular, they have earned how to design and implement a database, how to model the needs of the system. They have come with us in our visits to local agro-food SMEs. The aim was to learn to understand their needs. And after how to apply this knowledge in the development phase.

A second Internship took place during the summer of 2019. Our trainee worked on the very early stages of the NurInfood project, more particularly on the design of the web interface.

Secondly, presentations at events. We have talked about our experiences, our backgrounds and what it means to create a startup, what it means to be women in technology in various events. For example at the Sardinian Job Day in Cagliari or the Hackhaton on March 8th for girls students at the ITE Martini (technical high school) in Cagliari.

Finally, participation in events. We are present every year at SINNOVA (Sardinian technological event) where we connect with our potential target, micro and small businesses in the local agri-food sector. As a follow up, we have activated collaborations and offered support in the digitalization of their processes and services.

What is the Jobs Coalition

The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition project of the European Commission has been funded by “DG Connect”, for a duration of 24 months, from 01/07/2016 to 01/07/2018. It is part of the actions of the New Skills Agenda for Europe.

In particular, the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition brings together Member States, companies, social partners, non-profit organizations and education providers to promote cooperation between education, employment and industry stakeholders with a single common goal. To improve the digital skills of the wider population in the European Union.

In truth, the fact is that:
  • 44% of European citizens do not have basic digital skills. Above all, 73 million people have no digital skills at all.
  • 37% of the people in the workforce – farmers, bank employees and similar workers – have insufficient digital skills. This is despite the growing need for these skills in all jobs. Moreover, of those 26 million have no digital skills at all.

Indeed, it is important, for Europe competitiveness and for an inclusive digital society, to have a digitally skilled labour force and population.

The Charter of the coalition list these targets:
  1. Educate and train more young people for digital professions.
  2. Up-skill and re-skill the european labour force.
  3. Modernise our education and training systems for the digital age.
  4. Improve the digital skills of all.
By 2020, the Coalition hopes to achieve the following higher level goals:
  1. Train 1 million unemployed young people for digital job vacancies. This through internships, apprenticeships and short-term training programs.
  2. Support the upskilling and retraining of the workforce. In particular, take concrete measures to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In fact, these face specific challenges in attracting and retaining digital talent and retraining the workforce.
  3. Modernise education and training to provide all students and teachers with the opportunity to use digital tools and materials in their teaching and learning activities. With the aim to develop and upgrade their digital skills.
  4. Reorient and make use of available funding to support digital skills. And to carry out awareness activities on the importance of digital skills for employability, competitiveness and participation in society.

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