TEAC Conference Report Dec. 2015 - Page 7

Latvia, the biggest challenge when it comes to hiring is that they cannot predict, even if a candidate comes with great talent and knowledge, how that candidate will solve concrete problems. What they look for is people who are brave enough to ask questions, have analytical thinking skills and who can thrive in a complex world where things should be made very simple and intuitive. “Opportunities for telecentres” session Speakers: Natacha Comar (CISCO, Strategic partnerships for Corporate Social) and Mladen Koprivica (School of Electrical Engineering at University of Belgrade) Natacha Comar spoke about Cisco’s Networking Academies around the world, present in 170 countries with 250,000 students. The CISCO Networking Academies are part of Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme and are nonprofit entities. They came into existence to solve the problem of a fast changing tech environment. Teachers in the US used to complain that they could not keep up and deliver the relevant tech knowledge to their pupils. CISCO started by sending IT engineers to teach in schools and this activity evolved over time into an academy, with its own curriculum. to partner with telecentres and any interested organisation in the audience could contact her. A local example was provided by Mladen Koprivica, who heads the Cisco Networking Academy in Belgrade. He talked about the Belgrade academy and how it started. Their priority is to bridge the They now work with non-profits all over the world digital gap through improving ICT skills of young and train their staff to deliver the courses. Their people in Serbia. Up to 50 schools will soon join the success rate has been very high: more than 80% of programme and become Networking academies, students who take their courses go to find a job or with 100 teachers to become instructors for the IT pursue a new study programme. For telecentres, Essentials course. Up to 1000 students are expected relevant courses include the Get Connected to take the training in the first year. He explained Course (basic), IT essentials (IT technician) and that becoming an academy is not complicated Internet of things (no prior knowledge required). and telecentres should consider the possibility. Natacha Comar explained that CISCO is willing Unite-IT workshops on digital inclusion After the morning keynotes, TEAC15 participants broke into five workshops they had registered for previously. The UNITE-IT workshops are a continuation of online thematic Working Groups that are hosted by the UNITE IT network. UNITE IT (www.unite-it.eu) is an online platform for professionals in the area of digital inclusion and empowerment, and is co-funded by the European Commission. It represents the Telecentre Europe’s informal and wide network of persons working in the field of digital inclusion and empowerment. over Europe and beyond. The Database of good practice already has 120 entries, with examples of concrete projects in digital inclusion that can be searched through and shared. At the conference, each workshop/working group had a moderator, a number of invited speakers and policy and social media reporters. Workshops were mostly oriented towards gaining collective knowledge and creating input for policy makers. Below is a summary of the main discussion points or conclusions in each group. For more information please contact Telecentre Europe and we can send you the minutes The U