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Cisco, SESIAD, Red.es and INCIBE foster the digital education and reskilling of citizens and professionals

Cisco, SESIAD, Red.es and INCIBE foster the digital education and reskilling of citizens and professionals
The Secretary of State for the Information Society and the Digital Agenda (SESIAD), the public business entity Red.es, the National Cybersecurity Institute of Spain (INCIBE) and Cisco has signed today a collaboration framework agreement to foster Spain’s national digital strategy.
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Cisco, SESIAD, Red.es and INCIBE foster the digital education and reskilling of citizens and professionals

Cisco, SESIAD, Red.es and INCIBE foster the digital education and reskilling of citizens and professionals

Cisco Spain

May 28, 2018
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From left to right: José María Lassalle, José Manuel Petisco, José Manuel Leceta, and Alberto Hernández, during the signing of the agreement

 

The collaboration agreement embraces the execution of joint learning activities for unemployed citizens, workers and students

Madrid, May 28, 2018. – The Secretary of State for the Information Society and the Digital Agenda (SESIAD), the public business entity Red.es, the National Cybersecurity Institute of Spain (INCIBE) and Cisco has signed today a collaboration framework agreement to foster Spain’s national digital strategy.

Focused on the promotion of new digital skills for citizens and professionals, at the signing have participated: the Secretary of State for the Information Society and the Digital Agenda, José María Lassalle; the General Manager of Red.es, José Manuel Leceta; the General Manager of INCIBE, Alberto Hernández; and Cisco Spain General Manager, José Manuel Petisco.

The collaboration will promote the digital training and the reskilling of citizens and workers in ICT and digital economy. During a 4-year timeframe, extendable to four additional years, it embraces joint learning activities for unemployed citizens, as well as continuous training, professional reskilling and college students’ education.

The activities -defined by add-ons to the framework agreement detailing the specific commitments- will cover the following areas:

  • Awareness: communicating the relevance of digital skills’ training for students, education centers and companies involved into the creation of digital contents.
  • Employability and competitiveness: collaborating to promote the development of digital capabilities for new generations, workforce and SMBs, in order to improve the employability of citizens and the businesses’ competitiveness.
  • Reinforcement of ongoing plans: collaborating to foster the ongoing public initiatives related to the Digital Agenda for a Smart Spain.
  • Synergies: collaborating to maximize the impact and benefits of all these joint initiatives, combining forces and looking for synergies to promote the skills and competences in ICT and the digital economy.

 

Professional skills gap

The European ICT skills gap is estimated in 750,000 to 900,000 jobs in 2020 (European Commission). Spain Digital Society Index latest report also highlights that the digital skills of Spanish people are still below the EU average (European Commission, May 2018). And more than 30% of jobs will demand digital skills not considered crucial today (World Economic Forum, January 2016), demanding the continuous professionals’ reskilling.

Since 2000, the RSC non-profit initiative Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad) has trained more than 155,000 Spanish students -including young people, unemployed citizens, university students and professionals- in state-of-the-art networking technologies, in collaboration with public and private learning centers (372 active Academies today).

With an always-on commitment to renewing its contents and facilitate the digital training in new technologies such as Internet of Things or cybersecurity, NetAcad will be one of the collaboration’ pillars of this framework agreement reducing the ICT professional’s skills gap within the Spanish digital economy.

Reinforcing the ongoing Government’s initiatives for digitization, training and cyber-security -such as the Digital Agenda for Spain, the Training Program for youth employment in the Digital Economy from Red.es or the CERT for Security and Industry of INCIBE- will also be a key pillar in the definition of the specific tracks of this joint collaboration.

Supporting quotes

  • José Manuel Petisco, Cisco Spain General Manager: “The networks are the foundation of the digital economy and society. Cisco is firmly committed to leverage the country digitization as a way of progress, providing networking solutions for companies, countries, and cities. To place Spain as a reference, we must reinforce the education, training, and reskilling of the youngest people, unemployed citizens, professionals and companies through updated learning contents such as the NetAcad courses. Public-private collaboration is key to uncover and meet the real demands”.

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