Municipality Of Aradippou
· In terms of operational computer and internet skills, Cyprus exhibits rates 56% of citizens with some level of computer skills and 58% have internet skills. These rates are well below the averages for the EU of 67% and 73%, respectively.
Unemployment in Cyprus climbed to 10.9 per cent in July, representing the third highest year-on-year rise in the European Union, it was announced yesterday. According to the eu’s statistical service, Eurostat, Cyprus was behind Spain and Greece, having seen its jobless rate rise from 7.7 per cent in July 2011 to 10.9 per cent this year.
The age on which internet become available and affordable to the public (only 15 years ago) and the lack of the e-skills are the main reasons of the slow transition of the ICT world within the government, local authorities operation and people in general. With no ICT skills people over 35 years old are unable to find a job and it’s difficult to get trained for computer and internet use. Therefore, those people are either in their position but non-productive as required and replaced by new employees or either are becoming redundant.
Also there is no University or college dedicated to IT in order to provide the facilities, promote research and development or organise with the local authorities events or training for mature people.
i. Challenge 1: overcoming digital illiteracy
§ There are around 4 private computer centres in Aradippou which can be used
§ Training – seminars can be offered for free by Aradippou ICT Professionals
§ Enforce the daily use of computer and internet
§ Local authorities may enforce non-office workers to start using computers to their daily activities
§ Citizens can be changed to e-citizens and get priority on services when paying bills online, when reporting issues online, receive statements online. This way will help to get more people interested in the e-government services and off course they will improve their e-skills.
ii. Challenge 2: fight e-skills gaps on the labour market
It is necessary to conduct surveys and measure the people e-skills and then request feedback on how they can be improved in this sector.
iii. Challenge 3: fight e-skills shortage
Expert IT can be organised in professional groups and engage their companies facilities, experience and knowledge in order to be involved in the people training and also to develop system s for e-skill improvements and people training.