Chiara Mainolfi, APMG Italy
The Talent Club. No-one gets left behind
Summary: Despite high levels of unemployment, the Information and Technology (ICT) sector still suffers from severe skill shortages. The mismatch between the skills available and the needs of the labor market concern all Member States of the European Union, to varying degrees. Forecast vacancies by 2020 reach a figure of 825,000, and many of these will remain unfilled. Moreover, a gender ICT gap is still growing in Europe.
APMG–International, the accreditation and examination body has created an initiative to improve the competencies of professional people across Europe to increase their employment opportunities. APMG has made a pledge with reputable Public Administration institutions and other key stakeholders including Business schools and universities, CIO associations, career networks and Accredited Training Organizations to work collaboratively to address this issue.
Originally piloted in Madrid and Bilbao, Talent Club was started to improve the IT competences of unemployed women. Talent Club encourages and supports women and men to get started and grow within the ICT sector. The aim is to equip them with the knowledge, guidance, tools and techniques required to start an ICT career. All the participants from the first pilots now have a job.