The Vila Nova de Famalicão City Hall, in collaboration with the Institute for Employment and Vocational Training and Cesae Digital - Centre for the Development of Digital Skills, marked this Wednesday, January 25th, the beginning of DigitalReskilling, a professional re-qualification program in the emerging areas of digital technologies and business intelligence, with 20 trainees with 12th grade or higher qualifications, but unemployed, and seeking here a new career opportunity.
"It is a programme that results from a previous auscultation of the needs of companies, which are partners in the process, and an opportunity for these people who, despite their qualifications, have not found professional opportunities in their training areas", began by pointing out Augusto Lima, councillor for Education and Science of the Municipality of Famalicão.
"The development of new technologies, digital programming and data processing is now essential for companies in the municipality, which increasingly incorporate technology, research and development in what they produce. This programme retrains people and responds to this need", he added.
The course has a duration of 950 hours, with the theoretical training taking place at Casa da Juventude and the remaining (around 450 hours) done in a work context, in partner companies such as Salsa, TMG, Vieira de Castro, VLB Group, Primor, CMW Foundries, among others.
The formatting of this programme, by the framing and involvement of different agents (Municipality, IEFP and business universe) is exemplary and should be replicated, an idea pointed out by Carla Vale, Regional Director of the Employment and Professional Training Institute. "Responses should be given according to the needs and here is a great opportunity to integrate these active in the labour market, with a career perspective," she said.
The programme is also the fulfilment of municipal policies to promote qualification and lifelong learning, creating and extending qualification opportunities that meet the labour market, a measure also framed in the European Year of Skills, to boost competitiveness, participation and talent.