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Polytechnic of Setúbal is a partner in the Programar o Futuro pilot project

Training for young people funded by Google.org and implemented by SIC Esperança

The Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (IPS), through its Escola Superior de Educação (ESE/IPS), is the higher education institution that is a partner of the Programar o Futuro project, a pilot training course in the area of digital skills aimed at young people, which was Monday, the 13th, launched in Lisbon, in a closing session by the Secretary of State for Digitization and Administrative Modernization, Mário Campolargo.

Funded by Google.org and implemented by SIC Esperança, the project has the collaboration of ESE/IPS in the design and national coordination of this training program that aims to train unemployed young people in precarious employment situations, between 18 and 30 years old, in the areas of programming, code, and robotics, thus contributing to increase their professional opportunities.

The training program, which aims to respond to the current discrepancy between job offers in the area of technology and the number of citizens trained in these matters, will be implemented in Braga, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Faro, and Setúbal, and is expected to benefit 400 young people.

“Technological advances will generate new jobs, but those who lost their jobs in this transition or those who have not yet started their professional career will be the least able to integrate these new vacancies”, argues SIC Esperança, based on the latest report “ The Future of Jobs”, by the World Economic Forum, released in 2020.

At the launch ceremony, which featured interventions by Mercedes Balsemão, president of SIC Esperança, and Bernardo Correia, country manager of Google Portugal, IPS was represented by its president, Ângela Lemos, by the director of ESE/IPS, João Pires, and by teachers Miguel Figueiredo, João Torres, and Ana Chambel, from the ICT Competence Center of ESE/IPS.

After the GEN10S Portugal project, which started in 2017, training thousands of students and teachers from all over the country in the Scratch programming language, this is the second time that ESE/IPS collaborates with SIC Esperança and Google.org in the implementation of training in the field of digital skills.

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