EU Project about internet-related services professions has started

On the 22nd November 2010 the Kick-off-Meeting for the Leonardo da Vinci project EQF iServe took place. The objective of the project is to define national qualification profiles of the five most important internet-related services professions, i.e. Web Marketer, Web Seller, Online Community Manager, Usability Specialist and Hotline Operator, and compare these profiles at European level in order to identify similarities. Moreover, the qualification profiles will be linked to the e-Competence Framework and the European Qualification Framework. The project partnership involves nine partners from eight European countries. The project methodology will be based upon the recently accomplished Leonardo project EQF Code: www.ubique.org/eqfcode

European e-Competence Framework (e-CF), version 2.0 published


The new and improved version of the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF), version 2.0 is now available on www.ecompetences.eu. The newly published version of the framework builds upon the original e-CF version 1.0 and it takes into account experience and feedback from ICT stakeholders across Europe and overseas. Apart from minor changes to wordings of different descriptors and the set up of a general methodology how to apply the framework, the new framework includes 4 new competence descriptors.

Generally, the eCF is a reference framework of 36 ICT competences that can be used and understood by ICT user and supply companies, the public sector, education and social partners across Europe. The framework is targeted at four main groups of stakeholders:

  1. ICT practitioners and managers to whom it provides clear guidelines for their competence development
  2. Human resource managers to whom it enables the anticipation and planning of competence requirements
  3. Education and training providers (VET institutions) to whom it serves as a tool for planning and design of ICT curricula
  4. Policy makers and market researchers to whom it provides a clear and Europe-wide agreed reference for ICT skills and competences in a long-term perspective.

The full framework as well as the methodology are available for download at www.ecompetences.eu.

New European agenda to promote skills for future jobs

The European Commission adopted on 23 November 2010 its “Agenda for new skills and jobs” in which it outlines ways to ensure that there are enough people with the right education and skills to fill the jobs that will be created in the coming years.

The “Agenda for new skills and jobs” is one of seven flagship initiatives in the framework of the Commission’s 2020 Strategy. According to this new agenda, Member States must increase efforts to help workers learn the skills needed to perform in the high-skilled jobs to be created in growth sectors in the coming years.

The ‘Agenda for New Skills and Jobs’ sets out actions in four areas: the functioning of the labour market, skills, job quality & working conditions and job creation. The agenda proposes 13 specific actions at EU level to be carried out in partnership with governments, social partners and civil society.

Visit the « New skills for new jobs » portal – Download the “Agenda for new skills and jobs”

Facebook, traffic source for news websites (France)

For some years now, Facebook has been investing in the Web and continues to attract new users. Its traffic has not stopped increasing, what level of traffic does this social network giant generate for other websites? The answer to this question for French news websites can be found in the study below.

On average for French news websites, Facebook accounts for nearly one visit out of 100 when all different traffic sources are considered…
As part of this study, we only took into consideration 12 leading French news websites audited by AT Internet solutions.

For overall traffic, after all different traffic sources have been considered, the average share of Facebook as a referrer for French news websites was 0.7% in March 2010. By way of comparison, Google’s share was 41.1%, in other words almost 60 times greater.

Study provided by AT-Internet