CIHEAM Bari intends to select 30 participants, graduates and nearly graduating students (enrolled in the final year of a bachelor’s degree) from the target area (Puglia (IT), Molise (IT), Albania, Montenegro), to attend the course on “Digital skills enhancement in the green and blue economy” for the project “Food4Health” funded by the INTERREG IPA CBC ITALY–ALBANIAMONTENEGRO PROGRAMME and executed by CIHEAM Bari. With the digital market applied to the agri-food supply chain steadily growing, worldwide agritech turnover is estimated at around 15 billion dollars, but adoption by companies is still limited. One of the main causes is the lack of qualified skills, the mismatch between supply and demand (the digital skill mismatch), and the difficulty in finding professional profiles to support companies' design and digitisation processes. 2 By 2030, the European labour market will need at least 20 million ICT specialists. To date, the EU's 9 million ICT specialists fall well short of the EU aim (Digital Economy and Society Index Report 2022, European Commission). The training course, which has a duration of 4 months, is part of the project Food4Health that aims to strengthen the digital skills applied to the blue and green economy in order to accelerate the process of innovation and competitiveness of companies and start-ups with technological solutions applied in the different areas of the chain: production and processing, management and monitoring, packaging/labelling, transport and logistics, by-product enhancement, sales. Due to this emerging need, a new capacity-building activity aiming at enhancing digital skills is proposed in the Food4Health project. This initiative draws clear inspiration from SDG 8 and particularly target 8.3: “Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services”.
All interested applicants shall submit the application using the CIHEAM BARI Application form to be sent to the following email address: email@example.com. The application deadline is on 31/01/2023 at 23:59. Applicants are requested to specify the following reference code in the email subject: Ref. n. 70/2022/SCHOLARSHIP/FOOD4HEALTH "Digital skills enhancement in green & blue economy (Project Food4Health)". The following documents shall be attached to the online application form: 1) Curriculum vitae in English (Europass format, in pdf format, duly signed). Candidates are demanded to clearly insert place and date of birth as well as actual residence in the CV; 2) Motivation Letter in English (1000 characters Max). A short description of the motivations for applying, also with regard to interests, skills and digital/IT experience; 3) Identity document (copy of valid passport in PDF format); 4) Personal data treatment statement duly signed for approval. All the documents listed above are mandatory. 4 The deadline of this call is 31/01/2023. Until the deadline the applications sent may be completed and/or amended by the applicants. Incomplete applications will be discarded without further examination of the proposal, and all the documents received will be cancelled.