One of the principal objectives of the Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association(LIKTA) is to popularise and promote the development of Information society in Latvia, in order to ensure that every resident in the country can benefit from the Internet technologies and thoroughly participate in the new knowledge-based economy. The aim of the project “Training in Computer and Internet Usage of Unemployed in Latvia” is to help the people of this socio-economic target group to overcome the so-called digital exclusion, thus motivating such people, who are subject to the risk of social exclusion, to join the labour market and lead active social lives.
To achieve the goals of this project, a programme of acquiring computer skills and use of Internet resources will be developed and validated initially in a pilot program. This programme will be tested in the cities and rural territories of Kraslava, Preili, Valmiera and Ventspils districts.
During the project, the experience gained by meeting unforeseen learning situations will be incorporated in the training programme and appropriate E-study courses developed. By using the skills acquired during such courses, the unemployed should be able to master additional skills by subsequent E-study programmes and eventually to integrate the active labour market.
The programme is designed for the unemployed without any knowledge and skills of IT usage, as well as for those who possess some knowledge and skills, but do not have the experience in using the Internet.
The “Training in Computer and Internet Usage of Unemployed in Latvia” project is implemented within the framework of the EQUAL European Community Initiative which is managed by the Ministry of Welfare in Latvia.
Goal of the project
The overall purpose of the project is to help the unemployed to overcome the so-called digital exclusion thus giving the motivation to the people who are subject to social isolation risk to join the labour market and lead more active social lives.
To achieve the goals of the project, the programme of learning computer skills and use of Internet resources will be developed and validated. This pilot programme will be tested to unemployed in the cities and rural areas of Kraslava, Preili, Valmiera and Ventspils districts. After completing the courses, the unemployed will be able to use computers and Internet resources in job searching, for independent work in developing basic skills required in the labour market, for writing CVs and motivation letters, in using e-services and information exchange.
Direct goals of the project:
• to develop improved access to labour market for the unemployed;
• to diminish discrimination and inequality in the labour market and support the involvement of people who are subject to social exclusion in the labour market;
• to stimulate the social and individual activities of the unemployed;
• to educate the target audience in computer and Internet usage, including searching for job opportunities;
• to develop the acquisition and exchange of information;
• to provide a chance to increase knowledge independently through E-studies;
• to gather information about public Internet access points;
• to promote communication opportunities and decrease social exclusion.