AMETIC, the employers’ association of the Spanish digital industry, presented the ‘Digital Skills Awards Spain 2021’, at the IV Alliance Forum for the Development of Digital Talent in Spain. These awards celebrate their fourth edition within the framework of the ‘Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition’ of the European Commission. The awards are a sign of AMETIC’s commitment to the European Union in its efforts to close the digital gap.
The aim of these awards is to identify, value and recognise the best experiences developed by companies in digital skills for society, professionals, education, women, and girls, and in vocational training.
The awards ceremony was opened by Pedro Mier, president of AMETIC, Fabrizia Benini, Deputy Director Digital Transformation, and Head of Unit – Digital Economy, Recovery Plan and Skills, European Commission, DG CNECT, and David Broceño Caminero, Deputy Director General of Planning and Management of Vocational Training of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Spain.
Winners in each of the categories were:
1) Digital skills in Vocational Training: Inspiring Girls American Space Club from Fundación Inspiring Girls.
2) Digital skills for the digital market: General Directorate of Digital Economy and Innovation, belonging to the Ministry of Economic Transformation, Industry, Knowledge and Universities of the Junta de Andalucía.
3) Digital skills for inclusion: Lanzaderas Conecta Empleo of the Fundación Santa María la Real.
4) Digital skills for inclusion (honourable mention): Digital Transformation for Inclusive Business Development” II Edition of the Instituto de Empresa (IE).
5) More and better trained ICT professionals: Microsoft Learn.
6) Digital skills for all: Fundaula, Accenture Foundation.
7) Digital skills in education: ToolboX, Academy of the University of Malaga.
8) Digital competences for Women and Girls: Women4IT of the Fundación Plan International España.
The €60 million EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment supports transnational project initiatives that promote sustainable and quality youth employment in Europe. The focus on transnational cooperation reflects the view that unemployment among youth is a common European challenge and common European solutions should therefore be explored. The fund seeks to complement existing EU funding on youth employment initiatives, e.g., the long-term unemployed in the age group 25-29.
The 27 selected projects of the programme involve partners from all the 15 beneficiary countries of the EEA and Norway Grants as well as Ireland, Italy, and Spain – all countries with high youth unemployment.
The Women4IT project aims to increase the employability of young women (15 -29 years) in digital technologies and boost the opportunities female talent brings to economic growth. The project implemented from 2018 to 31 January 2022) has assessed the digital skills of 1000+ women in 7 countries, provide digital skills training and personalized career guidance to around 700 of them, based on the need and support of employers and reached more than 10.000 youth by digital career awareness activities.