The Ask4Job project which has been officially launched in Rome, Italy, takes inspiration from the Recommendation A new skills agenda for Europe (COM 2016 – 381 Final) which urges to up-skill and re-skill the European labour force with digital skills, in order to keep it productive in the jobs and support adults to acquire a minimum level of key competences and/or acquire a broader set of skills necessary to progress towards an upper secondary qualification or equivalent.
Nowadays, a lot of people in Europe lack good reading and writing skills, besides this, most people’s digital skills are really poor. Such reality threatens unemployment, poverty and social exclusion. More than a half of 12 million long-term unemployed are considered to be low-skilled employees. During the project, Ask4Job will try to educate people seeking appropriate education in the labour market. Particular attention will be paid to the development of digital skills and relevant digital competences. One of the aims of the project is to develop a toolkit for assessing the learning methods and digital literacy skills of the long-term unemployed.
The objectives of Ask4Job project are as follows:
1) the realization of digital citizenship and the development of digital skills;
2) the creation of equal access to the Internet, the support for innovations, the development of creativity.
This project brings together 11 organizations from 9 different countries: E.Ri.Fo. (Italy), FyG Consultores (Spain), Turgutlu Kaymakamligi (Turkey), Best Cybernetics (Greece), Foxpopuli (Sweden), Vilnius Gabriele Petkevicaite-Bite Adult Education Center (Lithuania), Akademia Humanistyczno-Ekonomiczna w Lodzi (Poland), Directorate of Secondary Education, Chania (Greece), Institute for Private Enterprise and Democracy Foundation (Poland), Business Foundation for Education (Bulgaria) and All Digital (Belgium).
The first partner meeting has been hosted by the coordinating organization E.Ri.Fo. in Rome on 6th and 7th, November, 2018. During this meeting a lot of attention has been paid to the familiarization of the partners and the presentation of each organization. The project coordinators presented the project, drawing the partners’ attention to the most important issues of the project implementation. The objectives and tasks of the project, the stages of its implementation, the measures to achieve the objectives, the dissemination of the project and financial issues have been discussed in detail.
The Ask4Job project, 2017-1-IT02-KA204-036755, has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.