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Overview of LIKTA ICT education and e-skills activities

  1. 1. Overview of LIKTA ICT education and e-skills activities Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association – LIKTA January, 2012
  2. 2. AGENDA <ul><li>LIKTA overview </li></ul><ul><li>LIKTA ICT education and e-skills initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>International projects and cooperation </li></ul>
  3. 3. Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association – LIKTA <ul><li>A professional association (NGO) encompassing the ICT industry and ICT professionals (established in 1998) </li></ul><ul><li>LIKTA represents more than 200 members : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 80 organizations from ICT industry, research and educational institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>more than 14 thous. employees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>turnover over 1.26 billion EUR </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I ndividual members (ICT professionals) and other associations </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. LIKTA objectives and priorities <ul><li>Promoting national ICT strategy and development of Information Society </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting ICT education and digital skills , Latvia@World initiative, use of ICT technologies in education </li></ul><ul><li>Fostering e-Services and e-Government development, use of ICT in different sectors and industries </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging ICT Industry development and growth, export incentives </li></ul><ul><li>Harmonisation of regulation and legislation in ICT , implementation of EU regulatory framework </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting innovations , knowledge transfer and RTD in ICT sector </li></ul><ul><li>Initiatives to facilitate participation of Latvian SMEs in EC RTD and ICT programmes </li></ul>
  5. 5. International links <ul><li>CEPI S member Council of European Professional Informatics Societies </li></ul><ul><li>ECDL-F ondation member European Computer Driving License Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>IEEE ComSOC Sister society </li></ul><ul><li>Telecentre Europe member </li></ul>
  6. 6. PPP initiatives in e-business and INFSO field in Latvia – ICT annual prize Platinum Mouse <ul><li>Established by LIKTA since 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Aims to raise awareness of innovative ICT solutions and e-services </li></ul><ul><li>Organized in cooperation with Public sector partners and industry partners </li></ul><ul><li>Includes awards in categories : </li></ul><ul><li>E- government services </li></ul><ul><li>E- business solutions (solutions for business development) </li></ul><ul><li>Social services </li></ul><ul><li>Over 100 projects and e- services promoted in 4 years </li></ul>
  7. 7. LIKTA EC Projects <ul><li>IST4Balt , Star-Net projects to facilitate participation of Latvian SMEs in EC R&D programmes (2005-2007) </li></ul><ul><li>ESF project “Raising qualifications for ICT industry SMEs “ (2006-2008) </li></ul><ul><li>ESF EQUAL project “Training in Computer and Internet Usage of Unemployed in Latvia” (2005-2007) </li></ul><ul><li>National strategy for ICT sector and cluster development (2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Study on ICT sector statistics requirements and demands from user perspective (2007) </li></ul><ul><li>ESF project on training ICT company employees in advanced IT technologies and Business courses (200 8 -2010) </li></ul>
  8. 8. LIKTA EC Projects II <ul><li>Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 project BONITA (Baltic Organisation and Network of Innovation Transfer Association) (2008-2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Grundtvig project “Improving Key Competences of Citizens at Risk of E-Inclusion from the Labour Market” (KC4all) started with participation of LIKTA (2009-2011) </li></ul><ul><li>„ Latvia - RTD technological audit ” study performed by LIKTA (contracted by European Commission , 2009-2010) </li></ul>
  9. 9. LIKTA ICT education and e-skills activities <ul><li>LIKTA activities covers the whole range of goals and themes linked to ICT education and digital skills : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital skills for everyone ( e-Inclusion aspects) : disadvantaged groups, seniors, minorities etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ICT skills for Office productivity and competitiveness of SMEs : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ICT skills for ICT professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development and defining of ICT standards and curricula for Universities and High-Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting and fostering ICT research and innovation </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Latvia@World initiative -digital skills for everyone <ul><li>LIKTA is initiator and coordinator of e - Inclusion and e- S kills development initiative L a tvia@World, started at 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Latvia @World goals : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Diminish the digital and social gaps in society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide basic information society skills for everyone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote the usage of existing e-services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More than 95000 people have acquired different level e-Skills within the project </li></ul><ul><li>Project is an example of PPP and has accumulated resources from : ESF, other EU funding programs, Governmental support programs, private donors (Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Swedbank, Lursoft, etc.) and municipal (local) funding </li></ul>
  11. 13. Latvia@World initiative -digital skills for everyone-2 <ul><li>Programme- Basic Information Society Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning tool for people who have no or little experience of working with computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>16 hours hand-on-training program followed by individual work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Digital skills for SMEs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialized training program for SMEs and micro-enterprise needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24 hours program with additional module for e-business </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Digital skills for NGOs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote the NGO leaders' interest in ICT to use in their work, communication tools, presentation tools, document exchange sites, creating an effective work of NGOs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Digital Guide for Families – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A unique inter-generation training program for family members </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online knowledge assessment and testing tools (IT Barometer, E-citizen and ECDL tests) </li></ul>
  12. 14. International projects and cooperation
  13. 16. Digital skills for different audiences
  14. 17. IT Barometer <ul><li>IT Barometer is an on-line testing tool designed to assess basic information society skills. It allows to examine ICT competence level and receive an automated evaluation with indications for necessary improvements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Takes not more than 5 min </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be taken any time, any place (Internet connection needed) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statistics for training centre, e-mail with results – for business version </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advice on skills upgrade / certification </li></ul></ul>
  15. 18. IT Barometer
  16. 19. LIKTA coordinates Get Online week in Latvia <ul><li>Get online week ( e-skills week ) 2011 – a Europe wide campaign to get new computer users online and promote e-services and e-skills </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;We are all better off when everyone is online.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Neelie Kroes, the Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for the Digital Agenda, at the Launch of Get online Week in Brusssels, 24.02,2011 </li></ul>
  17. 20. Partnerships in Latvia – more than 200 partners involved <ul><li>Coordinators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ministry of Environment and Regional development (VARAM) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Principal Partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SIA Lattelecom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SIA Microsoft </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Regional partners (municipalities) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital map of Latvia – www.eprasmes.lv </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.esmaja.lv </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.piesledzieslatvija.lv and 1188 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.solipasolim.lv </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.draugiem.lv </li></ul></ul>
  18. 21. Partneri
  19. 22. Main results of GOW <ul><li>41482 participants in 5 days </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Latvia the most active participants in EU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1.8 % of total population </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of seminars and workshops taking place all around Latvia – 709 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Number of portal www.latvija.lv users increased after the Get Online week </li></ul>
  20. 23. ICT skills for office productivity <ul><li>Special training program for SMEs and micro enterprises </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes modular and in-depth training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initiated and coordinated by LIKTA, supported by ESF </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online Employment toolkit developed within Kc4 a ll project </li></ul><ul><li>ECDL certification </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LIKTA is the ECDL license holder in Latvia since 2001 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manual and Automated tests available in Latvian ( and Russian ) </li></ul></ul>
  21. 25. ICT skills for ICT professionals <ul><li>LIKTA initiates and supports regular qualification upgrade of ICT professionals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ESF project “Raising qualifications for ICT industry SMEs “ (2006-2008) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ESF project on training ICT company employees in advanced IT technologies and Business courses (200 8 -2010) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ESF project on training ICT company employees in innovative technologies and business development (2010-2013) </li></ul></ul>
  22. 26. High quality ICT education <ul><li>Primary and Secondary schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>European Computer Driver’s License (ECDL) program level education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attraction of students to exact sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High results in ICT international Olympiads for schools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>University level ICT professional education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In 20 10 : 2 211 ICTE students enrolled </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11 68 graduated with diploma </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15 higher education institutions with 44 programmes at college, professional, bachelors, masters and doctoral levels </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Continuous professional skills upgrading programs and courses for ICT companies </li></ul>
  23. 27. International projects and cooperation <ul><li>LIKTA has a long term partnerships with NGO and ICT industry associations around the world: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Members of Telecentre Europe and Telecentre world organizations – more than 35 countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partners of LIKTA EU projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ICT associations and NGO s from Eastern Europe and neighboring countries: Russia, Belorussia, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Serbia , Turkey etc. </li></ul></ul>
  24. 28. International projects and cooperation -2 <ul><li>LIKTA has shared its experience and tools for e-skills development at International and European conferences and summits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telecentre Europe summit, Istanbul 2009, ( Online e-skills testing tools ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telecentre Europe summit , Budapest, 2010 ( E-skills development tools for SMEs and NGO ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 rd global Forum on Telecentres , Santiago, Chile 2011 _ (Employment Online Toolkit) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And many other events... </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We are willing and ready to share and replicate our best practice with other countries and regions ! </li></ul>
  25. 29. Thank you for your attention! www.likta.lv www.eprasmes.lv