European Get Online Week from 14 to 20 March in 27 countries!

This week Telecentre Europe is celebrating the annual Get Online Week across Europe. 29 campaign partners will be running various events in 27 countries to reduce the skills gap and promote ICT jobs. The campaign runs at libraries, community centres, schools and non-for-profits across Europe every March.

This year’s campaign will focus around two themes: trust and confidence, and skills for digital jobs. GOW 2016 will feature more than 4,000 events run by 29 partners in 27 countries. Previous editions of the campaign have already helped over 800,000 Europeans to gain relevant digital skills and improved their chances finding a job. Thanks to the campaign, more than 100,000 people have use the Internet for the very first time.

With 825,000 unfilled ICT vacancies predicted by 2020, GOW is an important initiative for the industry to tackle high rates of unemployment. Since its take-off, leading tech and telecommunications companies Microsoft and Liberty Global have been among the earliest and staunchest supporters, and Cisco has hopped on board this year as well.

The official launch event was held in Amsterdam on 4 March. Invited guest speakers from the European Commission and the industry shared their views on the progress and solutions of empowering Europeans with digital skills. For more about the launch event please read here.

Check what is happening this week in your country and join an event near you: http://getonlineweek.eu/gow-in-your-country/

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