Specifically, the agreement was signed by Alberto Durán, executive vice president of the ONCE Foundation; Antonio Abril, president of the CCS, and José Alberto González-Ruiz, general secretary of CEOE, with the objective of increasing the number of university students with disabilities working in the area of digital technology of companies.
In his speech, Alberto Durán, executive vice president of the ONCE Foundation, highlighted “the need to work collaboratively between social entities, companies and universities in order to reduce the gender gap both in the university world and in the labor market. From our creation we set ourselves among our objectives the promotion of the talent of people with disabilities, and in this sense we believe that the incorporation of young women with disabilities into the RADIA program will reflect the composition of our society ”.
For his part, the president of the CCS stressed that “Spain is one of the European countries with the lowest percentage of university students enrolled in areas of STEM knowledge (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) which, in principle, are the ones that will offer Better employability in the near future. The problem is compounded by the existing gender gap, since women, who represent 55% of the students in our universities, are only 32% of the enrollments in the technological disciplines. Since the integration of disability in the university and in employment is a responsibility of the whole society, this program makes perfect sense ”.
Finally, the CEOE CEO highlighted the work of Spanish companies in promoting employment for disabled people, based on training, "key to professional development." Specifically, José Alberto González-Ruiz wanted to highlight the work that the Spanish business fabric has been carrying out in recent months to develop the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, among which are the reduction of inequalities and gender equality.
With the signing of this agreement, the three entities kick off the 'WOMEN'S DIGITAL INCLUSION RADIA Program', named in honor of Radia Pelman, the creator of one of the most used communication protocols in the world that makes networks work properly, be stable, robust and safe.
The main objective of RADIA is to favor the insertion of people with disabilities in digital work environments and to offer opportunities to women with disabilities, which constitute the group with the least options for professional development in technological fields.
Currently, only one in six ICT specialists incorporated into the labor market are women. Therefore, more training and employment programs that include more women in the digital sector should be favored, recognizing both the value of their contributions and their talent, something essential for building an inclusive, competitive and dynamic digital society.
From this perspective, RADIA establishes a series of steps aimed at increasing the number of university students with disabilities sitting in jobs based on the management of digital technology.
In this way, the agreement sets a calendar of actions that begins with the approach of technology to a group of students who have recently completed or completed undergraduate or master university studies, through a dozen online and face-to-face information sessions.
Subsequently, participants will have the opportunity to meet professional profiles of women in the technological field and in their real contexts with the accompaniment of mentors.
Already in a second phase, each participant will choose a mentor who will guide him professionally on a monthly basis and will provide references and help in his area of interest.
Finally, the program concludes with the accelerated training and the offer of work practices in companies to a dozen students accompanied by mentors.
The RADIA program is led by Fundación ONCE, which will select and grant scholarships to the participants, and has the collaboration of the CCS, responsible for promoting the initiative among universities, and CEOE, which will provide companies for the professional practices of students.
About the CEOE Foundation
The CEOE Foundation is the Foundation of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations, which brings together more than 4,500 grassroots business organizations. Its main areas of activity are social welfare, access to culture and training for employability. They focus most of their activities, plans, projects and programs, in line with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).