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Best In Class Grass-roots Skills Development Initiatives From Across Europe.

July 10, 2012

Fuelling the debate with grass-roots initiatives from across Europe, the European Alliance on Skills for Employability hosted an awards ceremony as part of the Employment Forum in Brussels, November 22-23, to recognize some of the strongest job readiness and social inclusion initiatives through NGO/community led skills & ICT training across Europe!

Meet The Winners Of The 2011 Skills For Employability Awards!

Fuelling the debate with grass-roots initiatives from across Europe, the European Alliance on Skills for Employability hosted an awards ceremony as part of the Employment Forum in Brussels, November 22-23, to recognize some of the strongest job readiness and social inclusion initiatives through NGO/community led skills & ICT training across Europe! 

Lieve Van den Brande, Senior Policy officer, DG Education and Culture opened the ceremony and underlined that the workforce of the future, regardless of industry sector or even function, and the platform for broader social inclusion depends on the right digital training and skills acquisition.

A distinguished judging panel of experts made up of CSR Europe, the European e-Skills Association, Adecco Group, Microsoft, AGE Platform Europe, and State Street reviewed 19 European applications and announced the winners that directly impact the creation of new jobs and skills profiles in the EU from three categories:

In recognition of a project that combines both social and labour market skills alongside the training to use new technologies in the search for employment. 

This project was considered best-in class by the European jury as they have now expanded their program for job seekers over 50 to reach 7 cities in Italy and they train almost 5000 people each year.

Also known as ‘Windows to the Future’ (W2F), Lithuania, which has for almost 10 years pioneered various on-line curricula to reach disparate audiences throughout Lithuania.  The award celebrates the accomplishments of a project kicked off in 2010 that has so far trained more than 11 000 citizens throughout Lithuania, with more than 75% (8250) participants women from economically challenged, mostly rural areas.

Each of the winners received a cash prize of 5,000€ thanks to the sponsors State Street, Microsoft and Adecco Group to further their workforce development initiatives.  The coalition of industry partners took a joint standing that the skills gap transcends regions and countries, and that a new set of job requirements and the ability to fully participate in society are changing as the economy goes digital.