Brussels, 24 March 2014
Get Online to Get Employed – new campaign across EU
www.getonlineweek.eu, #GOW14 #YouthSpark #YouRock
Get Online Week runs from 24 to 30 March and is organised by Telecentre Europe with the support of the European Commission.
The slogan of this year’s effort is: “Get empowered, get employed” – aimed at helping young and unemployed Europeans get the e-skills needed for the 21st century workplace.
European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: “Digital skills are the new literacy. When I grew up it was about reading and writing. Today it is about searching and coding. If you have a dream or a dream job: today you need digital skills. You need the internet.”
Did you know?
What is happening for Get Online Week? #GOW14
Events in 5,000 ICT centres and by “GOW National Partners” will reach nearly 100,000 Europeans directly. Events will take place in:
Corporate supporters include Liberty Global and Microsoft. Microsoft’s YouthSpark provides grants and software to bring concrete e-skills and training to youth. Liberty Global’s YouRock initiative is a new online youth employability service for identifying hidden work skills and building a profile for employability.
How is Get Online Week related to EU policy developments?
We asked Europeans on Twitter: who or what got you online
@haesebroeck “We started our company 12 years ago without any funds, but thanks to the internet people find us easily!”
@tuntunaung : “My curious mind”
“It was in my final year at school. I could see the internet was like 1000 or a million libraries and I knew I had to learn more about it.”
@feromalo “my parents' interest in getting their kids to experience novelties; on my part, curiosity: what was it?