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Basscom

4 July 2017 by #digitalSME4skills

BASSCOM joins European campaign to train 5.000 ICT professionals




The Bulgarian Association of Software Companies - BASSCOM launches the Bulgarian chapter of the European campaign #DIGITALSME4SKILLS.

The campaign called #digitalSME4skills was launched in the end of 2016 by the European DIGITAL SME Alliance (DIGITAL SME), at the presence of Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Vice President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip and the DIGITAL SME President, Oliver Grün. By 2019, the campaign pledged to train 5.000 ICT professionals in hundreds digital SMEs across Europe. It primary targets students and young practitioners. Digital companies, such as software developers and technology integrators, that subscribe to #digitalSME4skills will offer work experience schemes, like apprenticeships, traineeships and internships. Through these schemes, young professionals will acquire high-level digital skills directly from a company specializing in digital solutions.

The campaign is ran within the framework of pledges for action initiated by the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition of the European Union. The Coalition was initiated by the European Commission and is constituted of representatives from the EU Member States, companies, social partners, non-profit organisations and education providers who together seek to find the solutions for a lack of digitally skilled people in the European labour market.

BASSCOM will play an important role in promoting the campaign among its members and is the accredited organization that certifies Bulgarian companies that subscribe the campaign. „Digital skills are fundamental for further development of digital sector, as well as many other sectors using modern technologies. Therefore, BASSCOM is proud to contribute to the campaign as we want to demonstrate that Bulgarian ICT companies support the up-skilling of our workforce and help Bulgaria to take advantage of the digital revolution”said Stamen Kotchkov, Chairman of BASSCOM and added that the campaign is fully in line with the current initiatives and activities of the Association towards the training of specialists for the needs of the IT sector.

Digital SMEs that subscribe to #digitalSME4skills need to fulfill only one simple requirement: offer a work experience scheme (such as apprenticeships, traineeships, internships) for young people seeking to specialize in ICT industry. In turn, SMEs are offered the right to use #digitalSME4skills label, they also get the press release template and benefit from the publicity through campaign’s networks, dedicated Pledge Viewer website, European DIGITAL SME Alliance website and social media. Any interested SME can join the campaign by completing a short registration form online.

Read more about the campaign here.
Are you an SME willing to participate in #digitalSME4skills campaign? Register here.

About the European DIGITAL SME Alliance:
The European DIGITAL SME Alliance is the largest network ICT small and medium sized enterprises in Europe, representing about 20.000 digital SMEs across the EU. The alliance is the joint effort of 28 national and regional SME associations from EU member states and neighboring countries to put digital SME at the center of the EU agenda.
For additional information: European Digital SME Alliance, 4, Rue Jacques de Lalaing 1040, Brussels, Belgium, office@digitalsme.eu, Tel.: +32 228 507 29, www.digitalsme.eu.

About BASSCOM:
The Bulgarian Association of Software Companies - BASSCOM was established in 2001. BASSCOM is a non-profit industry association representing more than 80 leading companies developing software products and systems and offering comprehensive IT solutions, and over 120 associated members, among which universities, foundations, venture capital funds, etc.
The main objectives of the Association are to promote the Bulgarian software industry, to develop professionalism and competitiveness, to work for the improvement of the education system and the introduction of e-government in the country, to participate in creating and implementing policies for effective IT investments for the benefit of the entire society. BASSCOM is actively working to promote Bulgaria as a high-tech destination where software companies develop their own products and services with high added value, and to further develop the ecosystem by supporting and encouraging innovation and entrepreuneurship.
For additional information: Bulgarian Association of Software Companies – BASSCOM
7, Boycho voyvoda Str., Floor 4, 1124 Sofia, office@basscom.org, Tel.: + 359 2 489 97 43, www.basscom.org