Boosting economic activity and employment

The University Foundation of Las Palmas organizes a meeting between companies and promoters to develop innovative projects in digitalization and sustainability

CANARY ISLANDS7 The Gran Canarian palms

The II Conference Connecting Diginnova has brought together 15 companies with 70 promoters in the Stone Classroom of the institutional headquarters of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the hands of the University Foundation of Las Palmas and the Canarian Research Agency, Innovation and Information Society (ACIISI) attached to the Ministry of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Government of the Canary Islands.

The objective of this initiative is to connect the skills, abilities and knowledge of the graduates trained in the Diginnova Program in areas such as innovation, sustainability and digitization, with the growth opportunities of Canarian companies, especially SMEs.

During the opening of the conference, the managing director of the University Foundation of Las Palmas, Eduardo Manrique de Lara, explained that this project was born as a result of the experience developed by the Foundation in areas such as employability and training. «The best way to put new knowledge into practice, in this case related to two areas that are in high demand today, such as digital transformation and sustainability, is through practice through projects in companies and, on the other hand, that these in turn, take advantage of the boost that comes from having newly trained graduates who are excited about joining the job market».

For his part, the rector of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lluis Serra Majem, referred to the "absolute conviction that the paradigm of open innovation has come to stay as an essential gear to improve the competitiveness of companies in our region". "To do this, university-business collaboration must be close, daily and bidirectional, free of watertight compartments and rich in open spaces where knowledge is transferred and where common benefit and progress are produced," said the rector.

The director of the Canarian Agency for Research, Innovation and the Information Society (ACIISI), Carlos Navarro, revealed that there are currently 477 people training in the program and 221 adhered companies. Of the 326 promoters interested in developing the practical stay, 191 have already joined the staff of the entities. Navarro emphasized the opportunity for companies to have a driver that provides the necessary support to access the various lines of funds and aid launched by the Government of the Canary Islands and by other administrations.

The Diginova Program

The Diginnova Program trains young graduates of higher education in innovation, sustainability and digitization, and offers companies the possibility of incorporating talent into their workforce for ten months to promote strategies and projects. It thus fulfills a double objective: on the one hand, to catalyze the opportunities to boost economic activity and job creation offered by the ecological transition and digitization, as engines of growth and innovation for companies; and on the other hand, to optimize the training and employment opportunities of the young population, through a dual training program that combines the granting of non-employment practices and training in digital skills and environmental sustainability.

Theoretical training consists of a 200-hour online training program designed by the University Foundation of Las Palmas and taught with the assistance of a training tutor. During the non-work practical stay, the promoters receive financial aid at no cost to the companies. During this process, the participants are tutored by technicians from the Foundation.

Diginnova is an initiative of the Canarian Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society (ACIISI), attached to the Ministry of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Government of the Canary Islands, managed by the University Foundation of Las Palmas and co-financed by the Program ' Next Generation' Recovery Aid Fund for European Cohesion and Territories (React-EU).

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