Seal of e-Excellence

The e-Jobs Observatory is supported by the largest cluster of SMEs in ICT.

For more than 9 years,  the cluster headed by EMF has awarded the European Seal of e-Excellence to promote the marketing of innovation in the ICT and digital media sector across Europe and worldwide.
The Seal of e-Excellence Award Ceremony will take place at CEBIT, in Hanover on 1 March 2011.
This year 3 special seals will be awarded: « Green ICT », « Language Technologies », « Latin America ».

Applications for the European Seal of e-Excellence  are open at

Cooperation in developing vocational education not only inside Europe

The German National Agency for Vocational Training (Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung BIBB) has recently entered into a cooperation contract with the Indian Chamber of Industry FICCI. The agreement includes a regular exchange of knowledge and experiences in the fields of vocational education – for example regarding quality assurance of vocational education, general schooling of employees of training institutions, development of standards in vocational education as well as certification processes in vocational education.

Another initiative working together closely with the German National Agency is iMove. The „International Marketing of Vocational Education“ initiative has been working together closely with the FICCI for several years already and have been participating in the FICCI Global Skills Summit in New Delhi for the third time in August this year. At this yearly conference, key policy makers, skill development specialist and corporates at both national and international level get the chance to exchange best practices in the development of skills, also in view of the current reform of the Indian educational system. In questions of vocational education, India has been interested in German and other European systems for many years already: According the Anand Sharma, Indian Secreatry of Trade and Industry, the Indian vocational education system will be challenged by 200 million young Indians entering the system within the next 10 years. The cooperation with the German vocational education system could serve as a base for a transfer of knowledge in order to develop the Indian system further.

Further information in a current press release of the German National Agency (available in German).

Towards Maturity

UK Source – Published By Laura Overton e-learning strategist : A record 400 participants across the private, public and not for profit sectors contributed to the Towards Maturity 2010 Benchmark – the 4th in a longitudinal research series looking at trends in the use of learning technologies in the workplace

Here are some of the preliminary findings:

The recession has had a positive influence on the use of learning technologies for most organisations, but 1 in 5 also found that their plans had been curtailed
Our appetite for learning technologies has increased significantly in last 18 months- there has been a considerable increase in demand for more access (at less cost); improved compliance; and better support of the rollout of new products, processes, IT systems and change.
Technology tools and options continue to expand but we are currently not taking advantage of the full range of options available.
Very few are planning to decrease their use of current learning technologies but over the next 2 years, social media expect the biggest growth.
More organisations are embedding technology in more skills programmes than in 2008, with health & safety, leadership & management and foreign language skills showing the biggest changes.
In terms of working with external providers for skills programmes, over 80% of organisations say that innovative use of learning technology will be a deciding factor in their selection of an external learning provider in the future.

Best practice
The 6 workstreams of best practice (highlighted in previous studies) continue to correlate directly to business success.
We have developed a new TM indicator in 2010 to help organisations compare their implementation practices with others and provide a focal point to support improvement.
Those in the top quartile of best practice are reporting 10% more cost saving, and are able to double the reduction in time to competency compared to the average.
There is inconsistent application of best practice across the industry, good implementation activity is common sense but not currently common practice.

Embedding learning technologies
50% of organisations allow access to social media in the workplace but only 11% of organisations are proactively harnessing them for learning

Interested in finding out more?
More details from the preliminary findings can be downloaded below.

The full report due out in November will explore these areas in more detail and will also consider:
A review of longitudinal trends, including budget
Implementation differences across the private, public and not for profit sectors
Changing practice and skills implications for L&D professionals
Practical advice & guidance

You can join Towards Maturity

e-Skills highlighted in EU « Innovation Union » strategy paper

On page 10 of its new innovation strategy for 2010-20, « Innovation Union », the European Commission announces:

« In 2011, the Commission will propose an integrated framework for the development and promotion of e-skills for innovation and competitiveness, based on partnerships with stakeholders. This will be based on supply and demand, pan-European guidelines for new curricula, quality labels for industry-based training and awareness-raising activities ».

Importance of orthography

19 French universities (out of 84) have decided to launch the « battle for orthography » according to Valerie Pecresse French minister for universities.

Those universities have remarked that orthography and grammar in the mother tongue languages are decisive for employment. We as e-jobs-observatory managers have also remarked the importance of such subjects in internet related jobs.
How could a company manager give the task to manage a website to anyone who makes orthographic and grammatical mistakes in each line…  in his/her own language?!
When a website is operated in any other language than the mother tongue, a specialised corrector should be employed to check the content.