Factory Startup candidate for the European Digital Skills Awards 2017 of the European Commission
The VIT Emprende Factory Startup digital skills training program, promoted by Valencia City Council through València Activa, is a candidate for the European Digital Skills Awards 2017 of the European Commission.
The aim of these European awards is to boost digitalization and improve digital skills in Europe. The European Digital Skills Awards 2017 boost the initiatives that develop the digital skills of Europeans in school, work and society in general. The awarded initiatives will be easy to expand and replicate in other cities, regions, countries and sectors.
The European Commission will reward the four best projects designed by companies and organizations to improve the digital skills of citizens, the workforce, ICT professionals and education. A fifth prize will go to the best project that also addresses the needs of women and girls.
VIT Emprende will attend the conference of the Coalition of Digital Skills and Jobs to be held on December 7 in Brussels in which the prizes will be handed out. Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner of Economy and Digital Society, will present the awards. The winners and finalists will present their projects at the conference. In addition, the European Commission will promote the best projects in newsletters, media and on the web
Factory Startup is a pioneering program based on public-private collaboration to promote digital transformation in the ecosystem and prepare professional profiles in the works of the future and face the deficit of digital talent. By 2020 there will be a million jobs not covered due to the growing demands of specialized technical profiles in the use of digital tools, according to the European Commission.
Factory Startup is aimed at preparing professionals of the present and future, in addition to providing knowledge and appropriate techniques to those who already need this type of skills to launch startups and entrepreneurial projects. In addition, Factory Startup is a face-to-face digital learning program to develop skills, abilities and tools for profiles with interests in digital transformation in the innovation and new technologies sector.
It is a program of startups for startups, that’s why the program is prepared and taught by entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of consolidated startups. Among the professors stand out professional references of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and mentors with experience in the launch, management and development of digital projects.
The program addresses the most advanced techniques in technological innovation for all the profiles of a startup. Factory Startup lasts for 8 weeks and classes are held Thursday and Friday from 4 to 8 pm. The methodology is fundamentally practical so that those selected can apply the skills learned during the program in their projects.
Having an active and digitally trained population is crucial for boosting European competitiveness and fostering an inclusive digital society, according to the European Commission in the 2017 European Digital Skills Awards. Today, 44% of Europeans do not have basic digital skills. This is the reason why improving the competence of Europeans to use digital technology is one of the priorities of the Digital Single Market and the New Skills Agenda for Europe, in which the Coalition of Digital Skills and Jobs is a outstanding initiative.