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Belgium

The Belgian Chapter was one of the first chapters to start activities under the umbrella of the European Alliance on Skills for Employability 3 years ago. It shares the commitment to support the Belgian local economic growth, employment creation and competitiveness by facilitating the provision of e-skills and digital competence training that enhance the workability/employability opportunities of disadvantaged groups, young under- and unemployed people, elder at risk social groups and people with disabilities.

Over 1000 people reached by the Belgian chapter of the Alliance on Skills for Employability!

In Belgium, we decided to focus our effort on concrete projects already existing to facilitate the training of new skills to disadvantaged groups. We have started by supporting Interface 3 and the Do IT partnership developed by Microsoft for giving basic IT skills to less-favored women (mostly immigrant). Currently the chapter concentrates the efforts on 2 projects:

1. FIJ in Brussels is trying to re-integrate people who have abandoned the secondary school and so far are not able to enter the labor market. The training center offers a mix of services from social support, to IT and Language trainings and finally by helping the trainees to get a job. This is a true value chain which is for us in Belgium a key element when selecting a project.

2. In Wallonia the Alliance supports TECHNOBEL, a well-known competence centre which is also recognized by the Walloon government and the local employment agency (FOREM) for providing basic to advanced ICT skills training.

The Belgian Chapter is led by Randstad (CSR department) with a close participation of State Street and Belgacom (the local telecom company leader), with tailor-made contribution of Microsoft and Cisco in the projects. The initiative has reached more than 1000 people and is planning to leverage the success of the current projects by extending the cooperation with the public agencies to develop the support to multiple projects with their coordination. As first step on this way the management of the chapter is reviewing multiple initiatives in Flanders and will soon decide to support actively one of them.

Objectives

The Belgian Employability Alliance has the following specific goals:

  • Provide access to ICT, to training content, e-skills competences and certifications as well as other skills required by current and future economic development
  • Focus on young under- and unemployed people, elder at-risk social groups with lower employability prospects, and specific diversity projects
  • Build upon and expand the partners' core competencies and their existing education, training, volunteering and community programmes
  • Foster synergies between programmes with the aim to deliver higher employability opportunities and more positive impact to training beneficiaries
  • Jointly raise awareness on the importance of delivering "21st Century Skills for Employability" by promoting business-to-business partnerships and collaborations for sustainable growth, employment and competitiveness in Belgium.

The Belgian Alliance Steering Committee is made up of the founding companies and additional companies and other partners that have been or will be accepted as members.

The Belgian Alliance partners include

Business Society Belgium

randstad Microsoft Cisco

State Street

Belgacom

Technoble

FIJ

Contact

Mr Bennoit Van Grieken

Manager Corporate Social Responsibility
Randstad Belgium s.a./n.v.
Buro & Design Center B.71
Heizel Esplanade du Heysel
1020 Brussel/Bruxelles
Tel: +32 (0)2 474 60 22
e-mail: benoit_van_grieken@randstad.be