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An opportunity offered by the European Digital SME Alliance to support refugees

Education and training might work wonder for Ukrainian refugees, to find a better chance across Europe. A new platform can help


In light of the Russian invasion of #Ukraine, the European DIGITAL SME Alliance and its members have developed a Digital Opportunities Portal to provide refugees with #jobs, trainings, and skills. This platform is freely available for all companies and training providers to contribute by publishing their opportunities.

The objective is to develop and manage a key tool for boosting digital skills in Europe. It will offer information, resources, overview of training and funding opportunities and a community space for networking and collaboration both on European and national level.

Digital Opportunities I ICT Jobs and Skills for Refugees

The horrendous events happening in Ukraine are leading to a massive exodus of its population and workforce. In this context, DIGITAL SME and its member associations, being the trusted partners of thousands of SMEs throughout Europe, developed this job and upskilling portal.

This portal will allow Ukrainian refugees, as well as anyone else who has left their country for better opportunities in Europe, to find a suitable ICT job and support them in integrating into the new job market through upskilling, i.e., finding relevant training to empower them while relocating to a safer country in Europe.

“We strongly condemn the unilateral aggression and express our utmost support and solidarity for Ukraine and its people. They will require long-term support to rebuild their lives and country. Therefore, over the past weeks, we, together with our member associations, have gathered ideas and initiatives from our members to provide our fellow European citizens of Ukraine with means of support. This will allow Ukrainian refugees, as well as anyone else who has left their country for better chances in Europe, to find the relevant offers from #ICT employers and training providers”.
photo: Headway via Unsplash

The platform

Presently, information on digital skills intelligence, training opportunities and funding is often fragmented, whereas it hardly makes it across state boarders. In order to reduce this fragmentation, the consortium team will develop, launch, and actively populate with content the European Digital Skills and Jobs Platform – a one-stop-shop for the community and anyone interested in digital skills and jobs.

The Platform will provide free access to high quality information, training, and support, helping users advance their knowledge, further their careers, and add value to their organisations. Users will get a chance to learn about good practices, certification and European and national initiatives in one place. They will find up- and re-skilling opportunities and browse through a calendar of physical and online events.

The Platform will bring together the whole digital skills community from all across Europe. It will be a tool for the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, for organisations and individuals and it will provide a collaborative space to work and grow together. It will empower the National Coalitions with opportunities to cooperate, share resources, and improve their visibility and knowledge. In the future, the Platform will will also offer smart functionalities such as a self-assessment tool or personalised user experience.

As a result, the Platform will play a strategic role in addressing the growing digital skills gap across different business sectors and society groups, such as the shortage of ICT specialists and the need for upskilling/reskilling of Europeans in digital technologies.

How to contribute

Please submit your upskilling, training, and employment opportunities via the portal to support Ukrainians looking for ways to rebuild and continue their livelihoods.

The Digital Opportunities Portal is available here

source: EU Digital SME Alliance

cover image: Headway via Unsplash

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