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Harmonizing priorities such as the market need for cutting edge IT Pros, global competitiveness in the digital economy, employability and social e-inclusion, TITAN Framework Programme responds with responsibility and channels EU funds towards one of the most crucial challenges of our times: taking a giant and conscious step to tackle the Information Age for the whole of society. TITAN is a not-for-profit ICT Training Initiative, which amassed wide and proactive support from the ICT industry and managed to gain the widest and highest level political support in its own field. It acknowledges the coexistence of, and promotes a simultaneous and integrated solution for the improvement of diverse levels of ICT competences within the Information Society.

TITAN is a cca. USD 250 M "Training Framework Programme for Increased Adaptability to the Information Society", aiming at the competitiveness and employability-driven ICT Training of 10.000 IT Pros, 25.000 SME Managers, and 200.000 Basic Users per year. Between 2009 and 2012, the TITAN FP intends to present model results to the objectives of Employability Alliance and the national Programmes in different stages in EU Member States.
The primary and most important objective of the TITAN Framework Programme outlined and now created by HELB Foundation is to improve the employment focus of ICT skills in Hungary. The programme primarily focuses on the improvement of the European and international competitiveness of Hungarian companies on meeting the criteria of the digital economy. Some of the other objectives include acceleration of the adaptation of new technologies in the SMB sector, adjusting employer’s training culture to market needs, establishing unified accreditation and certification pillars and minimizing the administrative burdens of those willing to participate in the trainings.

The keynote announcement was given by Steve Ballmer on the role and support of the industry and that of Microsoft behind the Programme. The second half of the session opened by a speech by Jan Muehlfeit, representing Employability Alliance, and followed by György Tilesch, Director General on behalf of and on the future of the HELB.


The three pillars of the TITAN framework Programme:
- PROTEUS Programme (Professional Tech-Expert Training from EU Sources, 2009-2012): The Programme is designed to mitigate the shortage of professionals in the ICT sector, building on highly qualified and diversified IT-Pro professionals in order to increase the international competitiveness of the Hungarian ICT intensive economy quickly and intensively.
- DIG-IT Programme 2009-2012: The main purpose of the Programme is to strengthen the digital economy and the SMB sector. It is designed to increase the global competitiveness of the SMB sector by providing ICT-focused business training for decision makers and managers for updating their e-business skills and promoting the importance of self-training and the training of their employees.
- DIG-IT-ALL Programme 2009-2012: The Programme is designed to train current and potential employees with digital illiteracy or basic IT skills and help them to retain their current jobs, and reintegrate those who lost their jobs for being not adequately skilled.

The programming of the TITAN Framework Programme and its subprogrammes (PROTEUS, DIG-IT, DIG-IT-ALL) is now on the fast track as a result of the work done by HELB internal workgroups and outside experts, and coordination between top-level decision makers of the current administration is already in progress. This coordination is designed to achieve acceptance and support for the TITAN Framework Programme by mid-2009 in the form of a premium Programme financed from EU funds as part of the New Hungary Development Plan. Actual trainings are expected to be launched in September 2009.

TITAN launch

On 19th of March 2009 IT Subcommittee of Parliament has announced the joint Programme of the Hungarian EUGA Leadership Board and Hungarian Government. TITAN announcements were jointly made by Prime Minister Gyurcsány, and Development & Economy Minister Bajnai and determination was expressed on how the TITAN Programme will contribute to the development of Hungarian economy and the whole of society.

HELB's Mission

HELB's mission is to serve the entire society by harmonising and representing the needs and demands of the IT industry, providing guidance for IT development objectives best serving the interests of the country, and by taking the lead in developing projects to implement such objectives.


To attain the set objectives, HELB is to:

• Create synergy between resources, needs, potentials and the highest level of skills,
• Rely on ongoing dialogue in determining, formulating and representing the IT development directions deemed right by the industry,
• Represent the importance of IT development as a top priority for the national economy with the government,
• Initiate and closely monitor the development of specific and high-level IT development Programmes, their channelling, approval and implementation,
• Proactively mobilise the shared resources and skills of members and advisory members for the shared objectives,
• Collect, evaluate and utilise the experiences accumulated by peer organisations and Programmes already under way in the EU, while also seeking to assume the role of the pioneer, to act as a model.

Objectives

The most important strategy focus points for the TITAN Framework Programme aimed at developing ICT skills are as follows:

  • European and international competitiveness of Hungarian businesses,
  • Transfer the expectations of the digital economy,
  • Acceleration of SMEs adaptation to the changing technologies,
  • Adjust the training culture of employers to the market demand,
  • The levels and up-to-dateness of employees? skills in line with the job,
  • Standardised accreditation and certification pillars,
  • The minimisation of red tape and own funding in the tendering processes for SMEs.

Partners

The EUGA Consortium has successfully operated in Hungary since 2005, which served as a solid foundation for setting up the Hungarian EUGA Leadership Board (HELB). HELB is also the Hungarian chapter for the E-skills Industry Leadership Board and the European Alliance on Skills for Employability.
The membership of HELB and also the HELB Foundation consists of multinational and Hungarian-owned IT companies active in Hungary. The Advisory Body of HELB Foundation unites scholars, representatives of trade associations, NGOs, training centres and relevant European networks, who will significantly contribute to the efforts of the Board through their know-how, experience and multiplication potential.
HELB Foundation is a not-for-profit partnership created and operated by the Hungarian IT industry, with the main objective of supporting the highly-efficient use of IT-related development funds to create a competitive, innovative and inclusive Hungary within the European Union. The organisation functions in close co-operation with stakeholders within the public administration, the academic world, trade associations and NGOs, relying on EU recommendations and similar prestigious initiatives.
Microsoft

  • Cisco
  • Microsoft
  • HP
  • Revolution Software
  • Xapt
  • Inforum
  • Freesoft
  • Hungarian Association of ICT Companies
  • Neumann Society
  • Enterprise Europe Network
  • Intel
  • Hungarian Telecom

 

Cisco Microsoft HP

Revolution Software

Xapt

Inforum
Freesodt

IVSZ

 Neumann Society

 Enterprise Europe Network  Intel

 T-Systems

Quotations

"We are glad that the industry and the government in Hungary are looking forward on this project: you can certainly count on our Team here in Hungary and on the Industry in this very valuable Programme."

Steven A. Ballmer CEO Microsoft Corporation

 

 

Ferenc Gyurcsány Prime Minister

"We would like to attain the goal that tens or hundreds of thousands of Hungarian SMEs would benefit from both high-level ICT skills and digital literacy as a natural part of their everyday lives"
 

Contact 

Secretariat for HELB:
Phone: +36 (30) 657 8066,
Fax: +36 (1) 430-1142,
E-mail: titkarsag@mefit.hu

Brochure

http://helb.hu/download/ms0836_TitanDS.pdf

Website

www.helb.hu