Training and young entrepreneurship among the main activities of GOW17 in Spain

2017 is the sixth year that Spain is participating in the Get Online Week campaign through the Spanish Association of Telecentres, promoting a lot of activities in more than 3,000 telecentres of its network.

The activities in Spain were launched last week at the 16th Annual Conference of the Association held in Murcia. During this week until 31st of March there are a set of activities focused mainly on giving value to the practical use of ICT, trying to impulse the dissemination and awareness about the digital competences as a key factor.

'Job seeking on the Internet and social networks', 'Mobile Apps for active job seeking' or 'Learn to develop an online creative curriculum' are some of the workshops organized by the CYL Digital Program. The seminars and workshops are aimed at both unemployed and workers who want to improve their skills and digital training about searching new professional opportunities.

The Technological Literacy Plan of Extremadura organizes three activities:

  • Workshops on trends, innovations and practical use of ICTs, aimed at citizens with basic digital skills and with topics as e-commerce, e-banking, mobile payments, public data or mobile applications;
  • Connections and debate with Experts, a webinar to talk about cybersecurity and technological jobs;
  • Workshop "Learning to start a business" in order to offer a set of resources for youth entrepreneurship that is planned in the framework of the I-LINC project.

Dedalo Foundation in Navarra region offers the workshop "EIBI Project: European Incubator for business ideas" for those people who are thinking in the entrepreneurship as a way to enter in the labor market. The idea is to detect people who want to start up a new business to allow them to participate in a pilot training course that helps to move from the idea to the business. A couple of other activities are also planned: the Webinar "Ciber-security in family: You drive the Internet" and the Workshop "Tudela, a technological city".

In Andalusia, the Local Innovation Agents of the Guadalinfo Network are working in a training programme in digital skills designed for their specific needs and functions in the centers, such as: "Following your track on the Internet: digital identity and personal data protection", "HTML: Internet language" and "Copyright and intellectual property on the Internet".

The Burgos region has planned 20 training courses in the use of tablets and mobile devices with the aim to promote the use of tactile devices in the rural environment in order to empower its use and to integrate them in the daily life. The methodology is based on learning by discovery, as a workshop, boosting the participation of the attendees. Each participant is provided with a tablet to use during the course.

The CeMIT Network of Galicia is offering access to the Certification of digital competences in Office suite, providing the resources to train citizenship both face-to-face training as in online training. Some workshops are offered to the elder people in order to help them in the use of smartphones and tablets. This activity is carried out in collaboration with Vodafone Foundation and Time Bank. In terms of digital social innovation, the centers of the CeMIT Network are able to present their project proposals to participate in the CeMIT-Innova initiative, n space trying to solve social challenges through the use of technologies and that is creating a collaborative framework to help in the process of digital social innovation.

Esplai Foundation offers free access training courses at the Microsoft Imagine Academy: a space with self-learning training resources based on Microsoft technology and an extensive catalog of multimedia courses on digital literacy issues, use of technology in The classroom, coding and programming and office automation, among others. The courses, of different levels and duration, include learning contents and also revision tasks, and at the end of them, the student obtains a digital certificate of participation issued by Microsoft from the platform.

The Spanish Association of Telecentres has published all the information on the activities on the website  and is also using the hashtag #gow17es in social networks to inform on the progress of the Get Online Week.


by Jose Moreno Hortet, Spanish Association of Telecentres

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