More than 150 young people at the workshop "Aprender a emprender" - GOW17 in Spain

The workshop, held on 30 March and organized in the scope of the Get Online Week 2017 by the Technological Literacy Plan of Extremadura (PAT) in collaboration with the Town Council of Navalmoral de la Mata, has reached more than 150 people.

The main objective of the workshop was the presentation of the I-LINC Project, a platform that enables young people to become key actors using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The idea is to foster a new digital way for youth Employment, including self-employment. The initiative is under the umbrella of the Get Online Week (GOW), a digital empowerment campaign that promotes and encourages the use of ICT and the Internet, led in Spain by the Association "Community of Telecentre Networks" and organized by Telecentre Europe.

Iñaki Rodríguez, the Deputy Mayor and Youth Councilor of Navalmoral de la Mata city council, welcomed the attendants highlighting that "being an entrepreneur is not just a matter of creating a company but an attitude towards life". Raul Iglesias, General Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Caceres region, talked about the importance of "accompaniment" when starting a business. Finally, the Director General of Employment of the Extremadura's Government, Ines Carreras, emphasized that "young entrepreneurs are not alone and they have a lot of public resources available to anyone who wants to use them".

The presentation of the I-LINC platform was carried out by Christian Moreno, Technician at Navalmoral de la Mata and young I-LINC Digital Changemaker, who explained the objectives, contents and target audience of the platform. He also showed how to register on the website and how to access the resources, tools and opportunities that are available for young people.

After that, the first round table "Digital competences in entrepreneurship" was held with the participation of Jose Moreno, Technical Secretariat of the Association "Community of Telecentre Networks", who presented the importance of digital skills and explained the different European projects in which the Association has been working in the last months: fit4jobs, Get Online Week and I-LINC project.

At the second round table "Local policies for the promotion of young entrepreneurship", the Local Development and Employment Agent of Navalmoral de la Mata and Manager of the Business Incubator, offered a vision on the promotion of young entrepreneurship using the public resources.

In the third and last round table, the topic was "Counselling and resources for entrepreneurship" and highlighted the importance of accompanying, advising and guide entrepreneurs in their process to design and create a new business.

Country: Spain
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