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April 2013 –, the initiative developed by PEOPLECERT (, Microsoft and the Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (HePIS) to boost the skills of young people and improve their employment opportunities, was awarded with a distinction during the 2013 European CSR awards, completing a four-month project that was recognised as best practice during the European Commission’s ‘Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs’ conference in Brussels.

Funded and initiated by the European Commission and coordinated by CSR Europe and Business in the Community with the support of Alliance Boots, the European CSR Award Scheme is delivered by a consortium of 29 national CSR organisations.

Part of Microsoft’s Youthspark Global programme, was designed to help young people aged 18-27 test their skills through an online quiz and improve their know-how through an informative portal which offered ‘How to’ tips on areas such as CV and interview techniques, presentation skills, basic principles of entrepreneurship and fundraising techniques, as well as on basic ICT skills based on the globally recognized ECDL certification.

Within four months, 11,500 people took the quiz while 50,000 visited the portal and 14,500 clicked on the facebook page. The grand final took place in April, and after an intense one day competition which included case study presentations on business innovation, 10 winners were announced, who will receive scholarships for graduate and post graduate studies from the ALBA Graduate Business school and The American College of Greece, ECDL certifications and professional development seminars.

‘Given today’s rising unemployment rates, offering equal opportunities to education and employment to young people is crucial. Every organisation has the responsibility to help young people improve their skills for a better chance in the employment market. This is what we aimed to do with and we are delighted that our effort was recognised as best practice at a both European and national level. What makes us even happier is the level of participation from young people, who embraced the initiative and really put a lot of effort, passion and dedication in it. We would like to congratulate the winners and all young people who took part, whose enthusiasm, innovative thinking and fresh business approach made this project such a success!’, says Marios Molfetas, PEOPLECERT’s Marketing & Communications Manager.