Today, on April 4, the European Union (EU) Foundation for the Improvement of Vocational Competency of Employees, which is implemented by the National Education Development Agency (VIAA), begins. At the age of 25, workers aged 25 years of age can select one of nearly 200 educational programmes that provide an opportunity to acquire both digital basic skills and learn digital skills at a higher level. You can apply for training by 18 April at the homepage www.macibasaugusajiem.lv.
The ability to work independently with computer and use digital tools for both work and personal needs has become an integral part of modern life. At the same time, according to the report on Latvia “Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) in 2022”, only 51% population aged 16-74 have at least digital basic skills and only 24% has digital skills above basic level.
“The acquisition of digital skills at basic level is the first prerequisite for ensuring the compliance of their knowledge and skills with the requirements of today's labour market. The ability to use digital technologies is requested in every sector of the economy, so the wide range of educational and digital competences offered in the wide range of educational programmes offered will be found by both beginners and experienced specialists, emphasizes THE Director OF THE VIAA Dita Trad.
Featured 197 educational programmes
In the ninth round of login, employees can apply for one of the 197 educational programmes and acquire digital skills at basic, average and higher levels. Educational programmes are offered by 44 educational institutions throughout Latvia and generally cover 5 digital competences: information processing/information and data literacy; communication and cooperation; creation of digital content; security; problem-solving.
It is important to pay attention to the place of implementation of educational programmes, as learning for the acquisition of digital basic skills will mainly be carried out in the face of face-to-face. Workers from households with low-income or poor household status will be able to receive support to cover transport costs to get to the school.
90% of the training costs shall be borne BY THE EU
In order to motivate people working in Latvia to acquire new skills and knowledge, the majority of the training costs are covered BY EU funds and the state. When choosing to learn professional development in educational programmes, study modules or study courses, the co-payment of employees is 10%. For employed persons from poor or low-income households, the training is free of charge.
Similarly to previous carts, in this case, students can also be employed and self-employed at age 25 with completed or uncompleted education, young parents who are on parental leave and have maintained employment relationships as well as retired pensioners. In particular, social risk group workers with low or low level of education are invited to apply.
Each working project can learn two times regardless of the number of login cards, but it should be noted that only one educational programme can be used at the same time. In the ninth login round, each learning participant can apply for only one educational program. In the case of high number of applications, employees of 45 years of age with low or low level of education receive an advantage.
In the 9 th round, the application will last until 18 April. Training groups are planned from 16 May and the training will take place no longer than 31 October. More information on reception conditions, learning and support opportunities as well as the list of educational programmes is available on the website www.macibaspieaugusajiem.lv.
On the project:
Improvement of the “professional competence of employed persons” of THE EU funds project, or Learning for adults the aim is to improve the professional competence of employed persons in order to prevent shortages of labour qualifications in the labour market demand in time, to promote the competitiveness of workers and increase in labour productivity. It is financed by the European Social Fund and the Latvian state, investing more than 45 million euros. The project shall be implemented from the end of 2017 to 2023 by the State Education Development Agency in co-operation with Latvian local governments, educational institutions and the State Agency for Employment.
Chance to learn digital skills Learning for adults part 9 of the project takes place within the framework of the European Year of Skills (#EuropeanYearOfSkills).