A programme to improve employability of people with disabilities in the digital sector
- Por Talento Digital
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“These courses help the employability of a person with a disability to multiply exponentially.” Daniel, a Por Talento Digital student
The Fundación ONCE, a large Spanish foundation, created the training programme Por Talento Digital to improve the employability of persons with disabilities in the digital and technological field. The programme offers in-person, online, and hybrid training options on basic digital skills, upskilling courses, and highly specialized training (e.g., programming, Big Data, cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence). Between 2019 and 2023, Por Talento Digital has trained nearly 21,000 persons with disabilities, and offered a choice of 887 courses.
In Spain only one in four persons with disabilities are employed, and often in low-skilled jobs.
Solution, Innovation and Impact
Fundación ONCE is a leading disability organization in Spain. Since 2019 the foundation has been running the Por Talento Digital training programme with the aim of improving the employability and competitiveness of people with disabilities in the digital and technological field. The programme covers the entire process, from recruitment to training to job placement, and has entered into partnerships with employers. Por Talento Digital is aimed at people regardless of the type and severity of their disability, age, level of education, professional background, or digital and technological skills. It offers a wide range of options, from basic digital skills to continuing education courses and highly specialized training. The courses are offered in person, online, and hybrid. In Madrid a flagship training centre has been set up, which is fully accessible and equipped with the latest technology. Participation in the training courses is free of charge. For in-person trainings, participants receive a daily allowance to cover extra expenses. In addition, individual grants are available for Master’s degree courses, specializations, and certifications. In 2022, 887 courses were offered, and 5,558 students completed the training. Since its creation in 2019, the programme has trained nearly 21,000 persons with disabilities.
Funding, Outlook and Transferability
The Por Talento Digital programme is financed through a combination of sources, including the European Social Fund, self-financing, and donations. The training model can be replicated, although it requires significant financial resources. In the coming years the organization aims to expand its reach, increase employment rates, and build new training centres in several regions in Spain. (Awardee 2024)