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Action 66 in Cyprus flag Cyprus

Member States to promote long-term e-skills and digital literacy policies

Indicator Status Evidence
Does an explicit strategy document exist? Yes There is explicit strategy for enclusion. The actions of the einclusion strategy have been included in the Digital Strategy for Cyprus. Furthemore, several actions for digital literacy and eskills are also included in the Digital Strategy for Cyprus.
Is there funding for digital literacy/e-skills projects and programmes (including EU funding)? Yes e-Volve Project”: Implemented by the Cyprus Productivity Centre within the framework of the European Social Fund since March of 2010. For the period 2010 – 2013 approximately 2500 SMEs will receive training and consultancy services on e Business issue. The Cyprus Productivity Centre is in the process of preparation of a Project Fiche for promoting digital literacy in Cyprus - to be included in the Operational Program for ESF funding for the 2007 - 2013 and 2014 - 2020 periods.
Are there special programmes encouraging women, older workers ethnic minorities and other target groups to use ICT? Yes Human Resource Development Authority (HRDA) initiatives: The HRDA approves and subsequently subsidises the participation of the human resources in Cyprus in initial and continuing training activities and promotes other developmental activities. The acquisition of ICT skills (both digital skills for users and e-skills for ICT workforce) features prominently as a key training need of individuals and enterprises in both single-company and multi-company training programmes. Amongst the thematic priorities for multi-company programmes which are communicated to all training providers, information technology is prominently featured and thus a significant part of continuing training actively involves ICT related subjects, in both areas of digital literacy for users as well as e-skills for ICT professionals. The HRDA, through the single-company continuing training programmes, promotes and supports the acquisition of e-skills in relation to ICT applications in enterprises. The HRDA programs are as follows: • The HRDA, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance, introduced in 2009 a new emergency scheme, as a response to the economic crisis, with the aim to provide, amongst others, basic computer skills to the increasing number of unemployed in order to enhance their employability. • The HRDA implements a scheme which aims at strengthening the management capacity of enterprises and organisations through the employment and training of young university and other tertiary education graduates. The training programmes include the acquisition of skills on ICTs. • The HRDA implements schemes co-financed by the ESF for improving the employability of the unemployed and the economically inactive women through offering opportunities for participation in training activities, which include information technology, as well as work experience. • The scheme for the support of Infrastructure and Systems for the Development of Human Resources aims to provide incentives to enterprises and training centres for developing training infrastructures and systems in order to provide training more effectively by the use of ICTs and other modern technologies. • The System of Vocational Qualifications, whose 2nd phase of implementation began, which covers the period 2007 – 2013 and is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF), involves the assessment of individuals against 77 standards of vocational qualifications in priority occupations. Amongst these 77 standards, 3 wholly concern IT-related functions: IT user, Computer maintenance and user support and Computer networks.
Are there special programmes targeting employees (especially older workers and SMEs)? Yes Human Resource Development Authority (HRDA) initiatives: The HRDA approves and subsequently subsidises the participation of the human resources in Cyprus in initial and continuing training activities and promotes other developmental activities. The acquisition of ICT skills (both digital skills for users and e-skills for ICT workforce) features prominently as a key training need of individuals and enterprises in both single-company and multi-company training programmes. Amongst the thematic priorities for multi-company programmes which are communicated to all training providers, information technology is prominently featured and thus a significant part of continuing training actively involves ICT related subjects, in both areas of digital literacy for users as well as e-skills for ICT professionals. The HRDA, through the single-company continuing training programmes, promotes and supports the acquisition of e-skills in relation to ICT applications in enterprises. The HRDA programs are as follows: • The HRDA, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance, introduced in 2009 a new emergency scheme, as a response to the economic crisis, with the aim to provide, amongst others, basic computer skills to the increasing number of unemployed in order to enhance their employability. • The HRDA implements a scheme which aims at strengthening the management capacity of enterprises and organisations through the employment and training of young university and other tertiary education graduates. The training programmes include the acquisition of skills on ICTs. • The HRDA implements schemes co-financed by the ESF for improving the employability of the unemployed and the economically inactive women through offering opportunities for participation in training activities, which include information technology, as well as work experience. • The scheme for the support of Infrastructure and Systems for the Development of Human Resources aims to provide incentives to enterprises and training centres for developing training infrastructures and systems in order to provide training more effectively by the use of ICTs and other modern technologies. • The System of Vocational Qualifications, whose 2nd phase of implementation began, which covers the period 2007 – 2013 and is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF), involves the assessment of individuals against 77 standards of vocational qualifications in priority occupations. Amongst these 77 standards, 3 wholly concern IT-related functions: IT user, Computer maintenance and user support and Computer networks.
Is ICT being integrated in classroom teaching and vocational training? Yes The Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) is currently implementing an ICT integration plan. The aim of this program is to effectively use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the educational process and to enhance the digital literacy of students and teachers. The core objectives of this program include: • providing schools with advanced ICT infrastructure and equipment, • improving the teaching and learning aids, while exploiting the affordances of ICT, in accordance with the current curricula reform and pedagogical methods. For this purpose the MoEC has initiated two strategic projects: a) the eContent and Educational Software acquisition and b) the creation of the Schoolnet DIA.S. (educational portal and LMS), • training teachers in order for them to acquire the skills for using ICT tools in the educational process and to keep up with the current technological developments. • Portable Computers (Laptops) for Students. In addition to the aforementioned policies on infrastructure and equipment for all public schools, the MoEC has adopted another policy action in order to ensure that all students can have access to modern ICT equipment, regardless of the diverse background they may come from. As of 2008, the MoEC provides a grant to every student attending the second grade of Gymnasium (Lower Secondary School) in order to subsidize the purchase of a portable computer. The grant is paid to the beneficiaries (students’ parents/guardians), according to specific guidelines and relevant computer specifications published by the Ministry
Are there programms offering ICT skills trainings in telecentres, public libraries and other informal environments? No

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