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Foundation Supporting Physically Disabled Mathematicians and IT Specialists, Microsoft, State Street, Cisco and Comptia’s Creating Futures Foundation joined forces in the European Alliance on Skills for Employability. A Polish edition of the European initiative was officially announced in the presence of Vladimir Spidla, EU Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. During the launching conference organized by the Employers Association Lewiatan, representatives of public administration, employers association, non-governmental organizations and business sector discussed on effective forms of education and vocational reinsertion at times of economic crisis.

 

The conference “PROPraca Employability Alliance - Educational and vocational reinsertion initiatives at the level of Local and Regional Governments – an opportunity to survive the economic downturn” has taken place in the Headquarters of the Lewiatan - Polish Confederation of Private Employers in Warsaw. A Special Guest of the event was Vladimir Spidla, EU Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, who strongly supports idea of the European Alliance on Skills for Employability.

 

Objectives

 

The i2010 Mid-Term Review 2008 published by the European Commission reports that 50% of the population has no internet skills(1) in Poland. Employability Alliance partners will tackle the crucial issue of how best to advance IT literacy and ensure lifelong learning to boost the country long-term competitiveness.

The Employabilty Alliance’s Polish chapter supports the e-Centres Project which includes the use of the existing 400 Distance Learning Centres (DLCs) and 3000 Public Internet Access Points (PIAPs) to raise the workforce skills level through training on new technologies and stimulation of entrepreneurship. The program aims to reach 1-2 million people per year, among which up to 1 million people to take advantage of training courses and post-graduate curricula.

Special emphasis is placed on combating the phenomenon of information and social exclusion, as well as supporting most vulnerable groups: disabled persons, the elderly outside the labour market, inhabitants of rural areas with poorly developed IT infrastructure, young unemployed, unemployed women or women re-entering the labour market.

The Alliance will also target the needs of small and medium businesses and IT practitioners to help increase the competitive advantage of the Polish economy.

Partners

  • Foundation Supporting Physically Disabled Mathematicians and IT Specialists
  • Microsoft
  • State Street
  • Cisco
  • Comptia

 

   

 

     

 

"In times of economic crisis like this, employers, employees and politics need to work together closely to find ways out. Initiatives such as the European Alliance on Skills for Employability are very precious, especially when they provide – as in this case - what economy needs. Even though, for the last twenty five years Poland has gone through an important phase of growth and development, still significant number of Polish citizens does not have even basic e-Skills. I am therefore convinced that this initiative will help Poland to soon catch up with other European countries in the level of IT knowledge."

Vladimir Spidla, European Commission, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, July 2009

 

"I am glad that such an important initiative as the European Alliance on Skills for Employability was launched today in Poland. This wide and complex partnership between different partners will support our activities focused on employability and enable people an access to the knowledge, professional qualifications and e-skills."

Bartosz Mioduszewski, president of the Foundation for Support for Mathematicians and IT Specialists with Reduced Mobility, July 2009

 


Polish Factsheet


(1) Figures provided by the i2010 Mid-Term Review 2008, COM(2008) 199