The spread of the Coronavirus pandemic required a new approach, both from a working point of view - with the encouragement of smart working - and from a technological point of view, with the introduction of remote lessons, not only in the school environment. These events push Italy to adapt to technological change for workers, students, professionals. PCs and tablets therefore enter thousands of Italian homes, becoming indispensable tools for both work and learning.
In this regard, to support digitization and to combat the " digital divide ", the implementing and establishing decrees of the pc and tablet bonus were signed. This is an incentive that varies from a minimum of 200 euros up to a maximum of 500 euros per benefit. The facility is aimed at families and businesses in order to be able to equip themselves with technological tools that may be able to bring even those who are in economic difficulty closer to the minimum level of well-being.
Those who want to benefit from the incentive can apply from November 9, 2020. The date of November 9 was decided by the Ultra Broadband Committee (Cobul ), chaired by the Minister for Technological Innovation and Digitization Paola Pisano.
In this regard, the Decree that regulates the PC voucher (Decree of 7 August 2020 - Voucher plan for low-income families) was published in the Official Journal on 1 October 2020.
This measure, which puts in place a voucher plan for less well-off families , is an intervention to support demand to ensure the use of ultra-broadband internet connection services by families with ISEE below 20 thousand euros.
Bonus Pc and Tablet 2020: what it is?
The 2020 pc bonus is an economic contribution to purchase electronic devices, services and navigation tools. Specifically, it consists of a discount for the purchase of:
by families who fall within certain income limits.
The benefit takes the form of a refund and is paid out through the voucher system. But beware: it's not what it looked like at the beginning. There will be no coupons or vouchers to be delivered to any tech store for the purchase of the chosen devices. Everything will go through the telephone operator. The company that manages everything is Infratel and it will be this that will receive the bonus in the form of a refund.
The vouchers will be issued by Infratel Italia (Infrastructure and Telecommunications for Italy SpA), a MISE company, which is part of the Invitalia Group, which is the implementing body of the Government's “Broadband and Ultra Broadband Plans”. The company will shortly make available a special web platform on which telephony and internet providers who intend to grant the discounts provided to old and new customers will have to be accredited.
The presentation of the project results took place on 12 November 2020, from 4.30 p.m. to 5.45 p.m. in digital format via Zoom, for reasons of public health and accessibility. In order to contextualise and enrich the event, two panelists external the project were invited to participate. Here you can find a summary of their interventions:
At the end of the webinar some questions of the attendees were gathered through the chat and answered by the panellists live.
On the 23rd of July 2020, the new Digital Agenda “España Digital 2025” was presented in la Moncloa.
España Digital 2025 includes a set of almost 50 measures organised into 10 strategic axes, being the third axis: "strengthening the digital skills of workers and all citizens (target 2025: 80% of people with basic digital skills, 50% of whom will be women)". Some of the objectives of this axis are in line with the goals of LINK-UPS Project. The objectives and measures proposed in this axis are briefly described below.
The objectives of the third axis of the new Spanish Digital Agenda are the following:
In particular, to reduce the digital divide, the Agenda recommends a series of joint actions between the public and private sectors with the following measures:
A set of actions to support the digital transformation of the education system by providing devices, digital educational resources, reinforcing the digital skills of teachers, and fostering actions involving the application of Artificial Intelligence to personalised education.
NATIONAL PLAN FOR DIGITAL COMPETENCES
Comprehensive plan that aims, through different Programmes, to: substantially increase the level of basic digital skills of the groups that currently lag behind (the elderly, people with low income and low education levels, non-urban areas, women); guarantee advanced digital skills among students at the end of secondary education; train the workforce to acquire the necessary digital skills for their jobs and future employability, and meet the demand for digital specialists.
Plan to promote the processes of digitalisation in Higher Education.
This webinar will discuss the current and future situation of digital qualifications, both in Spain and internationally. We will talk about the importance of policies and initiatives that promote the increase of digital competences, especially among the most vulnerable groups, and in particular, the initiative of the Link-ups project (Erasmus +) will be presented, which aims to boost the digital competences of those over 45.
Speakers include David Cierco (Director General of Red.es), María Luz Rodríguez (Director of the DigitalWork Research Project), José Moisés Martín (CEO Red2Red) and Lucía Alonso (Coordinator of the LINK-UPS Project at Red2Red).
Registration here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Vylgj5CBQ1qaS9PwXYJpOw
The European Commission presented a new Skills Agenda setting ambitious objectives for upskilling and reskilling for the next five years.
The strategy focus on skills for jobs by partnering up with Member States, companies and social partners to work together for change, by empowering people to embark on lifelong learning, and by using the EU budget as a catalyst to unlock public and private investment in people’s skills.
The 12 planned actions are the following:
The aim is to ensure that the right to training and lifelong learning, enshrined in the European Pillar of Social Rights, becomes a reality all across Europe, from cities to remote and rural areas, to the benefit of everyone. The Commission is placing skills at the heart of the EU policy agenda, steering investment in people and their skills for a sustainable recovery after the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses need workers with the skills required to master the green and digital transitions, and people need to be able to get the right education and training to thrive in life.
The new Europass platform is launched as the first implemented action of the Skills Agenda. As of today, it offers guidance in CV-writing, suggests tailored jobs and learning opportunities, provides information on trends in skills, and is available in 29 languages.
Lear more at: https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1223