New technologies and digital tools for digital job search skills in permanent employment programs
When the pandemic started in 2020, the Foundation was carrying out its employment activities face-to-face. In order to continue with them, it faced the necessity of turning the weaknesses into strengths.
With the purpose of continuing this direct attention, the FSMLR seized the opportuniy of taking advantage of the lockdown to provide digital literacy and digital skills training for its internal staff.
To satisfy the program and the project users’ needs, the FSMLR continued supporting them by providing assitance in the job searching task in an on-line modality, thus using the lockdown period to provide training in digital literacy and skills to unemployed people mainly.
“Lanzadera Conecta Empleo” is a professional orientation program for unemployed people that guides them in the design of a comprehensive job search plan, working together and using new techniques and digital tools.
It has a mixed format: participants meet several days a week in virtual and face-to-face sessions. They are supported by specialized technicians, who guide them to improve their employability and pursue their labour insertion.
Furthermore, they strengthen their transversal and digital skills, learn how to develop a job searching plan, update their CVs, and simulate job interviews, employability maps and contacts with companies.
Main beneficiaries , 3,319 unemployed participants
Financial resources: the project has an €8,000,000 budget for launching pads implementation
Each of them a 7.5-month duration and a €35,000 unit budget
Human resources: Project cordinator, coaches, technicians
Material resources: office supplies, transport, equipment, civil liability insurance
Evidence of success
Number of beneficiaries per project: 100 (30 direct and 70 indirect)
Number of participants: 3,319 (up to today)
Number of unemployed who founded a job: 1,693 (51% of participants)
Need to support and connectivity to improve digital skills.
Need specifically to work with people over 45 years old (due to the inefficient digital technologies and resources management).
Potential for learning or transfer
One of the strengths of this system is its rapid and cost-effective scalability. Key conditions for an effective transfer and replication in other contexts and projects include:
1. A philosophy of empowerment.
2. Develop a strong network structure
3. Use a clear operational model
4. Participant selection
5. Leverage partnerships with experts
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