Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (HePIS)

Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (HePIS)

ΗePIS will partner with multinational companies, SMEs, organizations and philanthropic foundations to develop programs and initiatives that will help young people acquire basic, intermediate and advanced computer and coding skills. Especially the following programs will be implemented to support the goals and objectives of the DSJC:

Alliance for Digital Employability: HePIS is a founding member and key supporter of the “Alliance for Digital Employability”, an initiative aiming to reduce unemployment through ICT re-skilling.

“The 100: every journey starts with one step”: a training program which aims at creating tangible career opportunities for unemployed young people in Greece, equipping them with ICT and Soft skills that are on high demand.

Microsoft YouthSpark initiative: As part of the initiative, Computer Science and STEM graduates - currently unemployed - will be trained on advanced programming skills (C#, ASP.NET) and Soft Skills. Another action of the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative is the training program “Develop a website” through which unemployed young people be trained on intermediate programming skills.

BRIGHTS: An Erasmus program aiming to help young people from marginalized target groups to develop basic ICT skills through digital storytelling.

Coding Skills for all: High School and University students will participate in training programs in Cyprus and Malta to acquire basic programming skills.

Last update: 26/06/2017
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Pledge Category

Digital skills for labour force
Digital skills for all citizens

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/10/2016
End date: 31/12/2018

Other Pledge details

Public Funding: YES
1) Donations 2) EU Grants such as Erasmus+ 3) Sponsorships

Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (HePIS)

HePIS was founded in 2006 with a vision to enable Greek citizens to make full use of the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) aimed at the professional and social advancement.

Qualitative Impact

• Create tangible job opportunities for unemployed young people by equipping them with the hard and soft skills that are in high demand by the industry.

• Help young people from marginalized population groups to be included in the society through ICT training.

• Facilitate young unemployed people to acquire and develop coding skills that will make them to become more employable and ultimately find a job.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
People trained with a blended online-face to face approach/ young people Unemployed young people will be re-skilled and certified as full-stack developers in Java or C# 30 30
People trained with a blended online-face to face approach/ jobseekers Unemployed candidates will be trained on Advanced Programming skills 110 110
People trained with a blended online-face to face approach/ young people Unemployed young people will participate in training programs to acquire intermediate programming skills such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript 300 300
People trained with a blended online-face to face approach/ other/ marginalised groups People from marginalized population groups will be trained on basic computer skills 375 N/A
People trained with a blended online-face to face approach/ students High School and University students will participate in training programs in Cyprus and Malta to acquire basic programming skills 4,000 300

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

- Regarding Alliance for Digital Employability: The 1st Coding Bootcamp was concluded in January re-skilling and placing in coding roles 30 students. Further, the 2nd Coding Bootcamp is about to get completed in July with 33 graduates, while getting prepared to scale up the Coding Bootcamps model in October, running 3 Bootcamps in parallel.

- “The 100: every journey starts with one step”: The programme just got completed, training 59 students and placing already 75% in relevant roles, while we expect the students' placement rate to exceed 80%. Is highly likely that the success of the existing program will ensure additional fundraising to continue with similar actions.

- Microsoft YouthSpark initiative: Training completed as planned with over 75% of the candidates finding relevant job roles.

- BRIGHTS: The programme began 6months ago and we are as planned, in the training analysis phase. It is expected to conclude in the end of 2018.

- Coding Skills for all: We have already begun with the online training of students in Malta and Cyprus (c.700 candidates have already participated in relevant actions). Physical trainings will begin within the next 3 months in both countries, with over 2.000 children and young adults learning basic web coding.

Milestones

Milestone name Completion date Status
30 unemployed young people will be re-skilled and certified as full-stack developers in Java or C# following the successful completion of the program. The candidates have been selected through a vigorous process and, upon their graduation, will be hired a 28/02/2017 Completed
Train 60 young people on Advanced ICT and Soft Skills through the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative. Within 6 months upon the completion of the trainings, 75% of those will be placed to the job market. 31/05/2017 Completed
Train 300 young people on Intermediate Coding skills (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) in Greece. 31/12/2016 Completed
Train 4000 young people on Basic Coding skills in Cyprus and Malta. 31/12/2017 On Track
Train 50 unemployed young people on Advanced Coding, Soft Skills while providing Coaching and Mentoring services to further empower the candidates. The goal is to secure employment for at least 75% of the participants of the candidates until the end of 20 31/12/2017 Completed
375 people from marginalized population groups will be trained on basic computer skills 31/12/2018 On Track