« Emotional ownership of work » motivates employees

A Hindustan Times article reports on a recent study carried out in India: « Attractive remuneration packages and perks are vital to retain employees but it may not necessarily motivate them to give their best to the company if there is no sense of « emotional ownership » towards the organisation, according to a new study. The factors contributing to « emotional ownership ofwork » and a sense of belonging  are « opportunities of self-expression, creativity in work, empowerment, freedom on job, opportunity to learn something new, variety in job and a sense of achievement », said the study on transforming the organisational culture, conducted by Manik Kher, a UGC research scientist at Pune University, advocating the concept of ‘Emotional Ownership’ to keep employees motivated ».

e-Skills in the 21st Century

In October of 2010, Empirica issued a report evaluating the implementation of the Communication of the European Commission on « e-Skills for the 21st Century » (adopted in September 2007). Key findings include:

  • the number of ICT practitioners in Europe has been growing over the past decades and will continue to grow in the future;
  • the number of computer science graduates was growing in the past, but has been in continuous decline in Europe since 2005;
  • 198 million European citizens still do not have any ICT user skills and are some distance away from being digitally literate;
  • the high level of activity of the European Commission is rated very positively by experts throughout Europe;
  • some Member States had already been active with e-skills initiatives and strategies at the time when the Communication was adopted, other had plans to do so but most Member States did not have any concrete plans for action.

The study concludes:
« With respect to e-skills several countries including Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Lithuania, Spain, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Portugal could benefit from further policy and other relevant activities in the e-skills area which would help them to improve their current position. Countries like Hungary, Latvia but to some extent also Poland and Romania have obviously rather recently started to respond to the ‘e-skills’ challenges in their countries, increased the activity level, are on the right track but have not yet achieved the benefits of these activities or are not under severe pressure compared to other countries with much higher e-skills gaps.
Ireland, Belgium and Malta from the ‘followers’ group show very high ‘eskills’ activity levels which are needed to compensate for the very large eskills gaps in these countries relative to their workforce. These countries seem to be on a good track. The same holds true for the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and partially also for Germany from the ‘frontrunners’ group. However, in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Estonia one would have expected higher level of ‘e-skills’ activity levels since most of these countries still have rather significant ICT practitioners’ skills gaps.
The digital literacy activity levels are higher than those relating specifically to ICT practitioners’ skills. However, there are still countries with rather low levels of digital literacy among the population and at the same time low digital literacy activity levels. These most notably are Bulgaria and Italy but also the Czech Republic where this is likely to have a continuously negative effect since in these countries belong to the less well performing countries on ‘digital literacy’ in Europe. Similarly low activity levels can be identified in
Luxembourg and Ireland which may not have such drastic impacts since both countries are ranking 10th and 11th on the NRI in Europe Finally, in Sweden and Finland high levels of digital literacy of the population
have been achieved and as a consequence no or only little further action is urgently required in this specific area which is also reflected in the rather low ‘digital literacy’ activity levels in these countries.
While national government activities (where they occur) and those of the ICT industry are also well recognised, our survey has shown that satisfaction with their status of implementation and achievements are lower compared to those of the efforts of the European Commission which leaves substantial room for improvement.
Several national governments still need to reach higher levels of activity and ICT industry should turn to the further development (scalability) and improvement (sustainability) of activities started including for example the
European e-skills and career portal and the e-Skills Industry Leadership Board to act as the key actor at industry level in Europe in this area ».

Ecole Européenne des Métiers de l’Internet launched

Jacques-Antoine Granjon, founder of vente-privee.com, Marc Simoncini, founder of Meetic and Xavier Niel, founder of Free, launched a new initiative somehow grandly entitled Ecole Européenne des Métiers de l’Internet, which may be translated as European School of Internet Crafts. It targets High School graduates and offers a curriculum « permanently in adequation with the professional environment ». Trainings offered include: Project management,  Web design and graphics, Webmarketing and innovation, Multimedia development and programming, Communication and web analytics. Courses are apparently only taught in French.

Professional e-Competence – CEPIS Self-assessment Tool

This online tool is based upon the European e-Competence Framework (eCF). It allows IT professionals to assess their competences in view of their dominant profile (e.g. IT Manager, IT Project Manager, Business Analyst, IT Systems Architect, Software Developer, etc.). The survey generates a personal competence profile providing feedback with regard to competencies that should be developed and competencies that are possessed in greater depth than required. It takes about 15 minutes to complete. It can be recommended as a useful self-assessment tool.

The Information and Communications Technology Industry in Germany

Germany Trade & Invest is the foreign trade and inward investment agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. The organization advises and supports foreign companies seeking to expand into the German market, and assists companies established in Germany looking to enter foreign markets. In a recent study, Germany Trade & Invest analysed the economic development and significance of the German ICT industry. The report (as a PDF document) can be downloaded here.

ProInterNet – Roundtable Meeting in Essen, Germany – 21 March 2011

The FOM – University of Applied Sciences will host a ProInterNet roundtable meeting on 21 March 2011 in Essen, Germany. The FOM therefore offers a unique opportunity for VET institutions, Universities, companies, and public institutions to get to know and learn from each other in regard to internet-related jobs. The intention is to present a platform with a network of key players in the industry and shall enhance the interaction in order to facilitate the education and employment of people with internet-related jobs.
For further information, please contact Mr. Michael Negri (michael.negri@bcw-gruppe.de)

Vietnam ICT Awards

The Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications published regulations on the Vietnam Information, Communication and Technology Awards (VICTA 2010) in Hanoi on 6 January 2011.

Thirty-two awards will be presented in six main sectors of information technology (IT), including telecommunications, IT industry, IT human resources training, IT applications and digital information security to foreign businesses for their active contribution to the development of Vietnam’s ICT and to domestic businesses for the benefit of community development.

This year’s awards will honour new businesses credited with high growth rates and good services. Two awards will be given for the first time to those providing best security services and solutions.

There are also prizes for units of ministries and departments which have best applied IT in their work.

VICTA 2010 is focused on the quality, growth and effective operation of businesses involved in mobile telecommunications, Internet, software and digital information sources.

The deadline for businesses and units to send in their dossiers is March 6.

Virtual trade show about IT jobs in Quebec

Technofil2011 is a virtual trade show about IT jobs organised in Quebec state (Canada) It will be open on 23 and 24 February 2011. Some large organisations in Quebec have booked a booth and candidates can present their resume in the database available on the website.

When the trade show is open (from 11.00 to 18.00 Hrs local time) candidates will be able to « e-walk » the show and « e-meet » with recruiters!

WebTv for Vocational Training (France)

AFPA the main french provider for adult Vocational Training has launched a WebTV http://webtv.afpa.fr

featuring 4 specific channels on jobs, trainings, professionals and a blog.
This WebTv is partially funded by the European Social Fund and local and regional organisations from different regions of France including the French Overseas Territories.
This Webtv is available only in the French language.