From 2015 to 2018, Proximus provided digital training to 225 young people thanks to the Digitalent project. It was through this project that we first came into contact with MolenGeek. In fact, many of our students completed their training there.
In just a few years, MolenGeek has become a key player in the local socio-economic development. Founded in Molenbeek in 2016, this audacious ecosystem (a coding school and startup incubator) has moved mountains to make new technologies and an entrepreneurial spirit accessible to early school leavers and unskilled young people.
MolenGeek will also be diversifying its training by developing two new areas – digital marketing and digital media – and will expand geographically by opening a site in Borgerhout.
The partnership between Proximus and MolenGeek has different objectives:
- the provision of telecom services and equipment, knowledge exchange, training, internships, consultancy and hackathons.
- Our Enterprise Business Unit will give students the opportunity to develop IoT solutions, thanks to the sensors we will provide and the access to our interfaces and platforms. We also want to develop synergies with the ecosystem of startups incubated at MolenGeek.
- Our "innovation" teams will give presentations on various technological developments as well as an initiation in Design Thinking.
- Many interactions will also take place with our HR department: dedicated training, internships, etc.
By joining forces with MolenGeek, Proximus wants to respond to the huge need for digital education in Belgium, including upskilling and reskilling. As shown in the study "Be the Change", published by Agoria, digital technology will create more jobs than it will destroy. In the short term, the job market will be disrupted, but in the medium to long term, the possibilities are endless with a skilled labor force in the digital field.
This is a great opportunity for young people, especially with the new learning formats that open the way to the job market.
As a technological catalyst, we invest in innovation to meet social challenges. We support the startups and talent of the future through training initiatives which reflect the dynamism of the digital economy, and by promoting the development of the Belgian digital ecosystem. Startups drive the entrepreneurial spirit that Belgium needs today. Our collaboration with MolenGeek is a fine example of that social role.