Your help is needed on prospective needs and job requirements for Internet-related jobs

The e-Jobs Observatory, a new initiative of the PIN project backed by an increasing number of organisations throughout Europe, has started working on improving the quality of education and training programmes for internet-related jobs. The partners are currently trying to assess the needs of companies active in the sector. YOUR HELP is crucial to provide adequate information about YOUR needs and requirements. PLEASE RESPOND to the e-Jobs Observatory’s questionnaire.

Respondents will be kept informed of the findings and will be invited to a series of round-table events to be organised by the e-Jobs Observatory in 2011 to discuss the subject with representatives of all stakeholders: employers, education & training institutions, public authorities. The aim is to make sure that adequate measures are taken to address the e-Skills gap, which has been identified as one of the most important challenges for the Internet / ICT sector in the coming years.

ECVET Magazine 01-2010

The ECVET Bulletin is replaced by ECVET Magazine, which will be published 5 times a year.

The new Magazine will give the latest news on policy developments on Vocational Education and Training at European and national level. Two issues (in summer and winter) will focus more specifically on the activities of the ECVET Network. The additional three issues will provide information on the work and outcomes of the ECVET pilot projects funded by the European Commission.

The present issue includes an interesting article on the approach used in the SME Master Plus project for « developing a learning outcomes matrix » in three steps.

ProInternet launches a new network of key players in the area of e-Jobs

The Pro-Internet (PIN) project aims at creating a network of key players in the area of e-Jobs and Internet-related jobs converging around a web 2.0 platform: the e-Jobs Observatory.

Through its activities, PIN hopes to contribute improving the employability of job seekers, reducing the e-skills shortages on the EU labour market, improving the quality of Vocational Education & Training (VET) in the field of e-Jobs and making VET more transparent and comparable at European level.

PIN is a concrete answer to the opportunity indentified by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in its 2008 ICT Report: « ICT skills are an important contribution to growth […] Over 4% of total employment is in ICT specialist occupations, over 20% in intensive ICT-using occupations.[…] ». The PIN partners believe that the opportunity is even larger if one takes into account the knock-on benefits that can be reaped from training a broad section of the workforce in low/medium level ICT and media skills.

At the begining of the second decade of the 21st century, employment opportunities requiring ICT competencies are already plentiful, but vacancies are difficult to fill as qualifications do not match with the requirements of the employers…

The PIN network will contribute to addressing this challenge by fostering better interaction between key stakeholders involving:

  1. industry organisations which have in-depth experience of e-Jobs and Internet-related jobs and direct access to ICT SMEs (suppliers and users of technologies);
  2. VET institutions with a focus on e-Jobs and Internet-related jobs;
  3. relevant public authorities and intermediary organisations.

By a contributing to a better interaction and information exchange, it is expected that all target groups addressed by the network will benefit in their various approaches of the e-Skills gap.

The network will concentrate on state of the art information sharing, notably through the e-Jobs Observatory, a targeted effort to streamline the interaction between employers (particularly SMEs) and VET providers and a number of round-tables and events to gather the various stakeholders.

Commission Communication on a New Impetus for Vocational Education and Training

On 9 June 2010, the European Commission released a Communication on a New Impetus for Vocational Education and Training.

The Communication provides a full review of how VET should support the Europe 2020 strategy, the Commission’s new economic strategy for the decade ahead.

Although the Communication does not address in detail the opportunities of a greater use of ICT in Vocational Education and Training, it identifies the need for « initial vocational education and training (IVET) (to) equip young learners with skills directly relevant to evolving labour markets, such as e-skills, and highly developed key competences; such as digital and media literacy to achieve digital competence ». It furthermore emphasises that « Virtual mobility » through the use of ICT (e-learning) should be promoted to complement physical mobility ». It also underlines the « need to promote active learning in both work and school-based VET and give individuals the opportunity to control and develop their own learning, also through the use of innovative, creative and tailored made ICT tools, including e-learning, to improve the access to and flexibility of training ».

A full copy of the Communication can be downloaded here.