First roundtable in Patras, Greece

The first roundtable in Greece was held on 16th of March 2011 at the premises of Hellenic Open University. The roundtable was consisted of people not only from educational institutions, but also from local companies, representatives of the commercial associations, the technical chamber, the public sector, research institutes.Eighteen people were gathered to discuss the topics the agenda included.

The key topics held during our RT were the following:

1. Internet Industry

2. Current and prospective needs and job requirements related to e-jobs

3. Certification of qualifications/requirements/educational content

4. Applying e-jobs in strategically important fields of Hellenic Economy

Some of the results regarding the situation regarding current/prospective needs and job requirements related to e-jobs and improving the situation on the job market for e-jobs are, from the point of view of VET organisations the basic requirements related to the prospective needs of e-jobs are knowledge and ethics. In Greece, the necessity for better adaptation of the public sector on the new e-jobs should not be excluded. For ICT companies, it is important to distinct and certify the qualifications based on current and future e-jobs related to the Internet while it is needed as well to be recorded and classified by the vocational and enterprising organizations, consultative companies on web developing/ administration and web commerce. Apart from that, the internet related jobs may, through the appropriate specialisation, help effectively to deal with the unemployment (which is created because of major structural problems, faced mostly by the regional economies of the Eurozone), giving impetus to areas currently considered stagnant (or “dead”) in terms of development.

Referencing National Qualifications Levels to the EQF

How can National qualification systems be adapted to a common European denominator? The third note of the European Qualification Framework Series informs on the recent discussions and decisions concerning the implementation of the European Qualification Framework (EQF)
http://www.na-bibb.de/uploads/allgemeiner_bereich/eqf_note_3_web.pdf

The Importance of Developing e-Competences & ICT Professionalism

ICT experts from 22 European countries gathered in Malta to provide their valuable expertise on developing ICT professionalism & building e-competences in Europe.

Representatives from almost two dozen informatics associations, members of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), met to underline the importance of professionalism in IT and other key CEPIS strategic activities that help promote the development of the information society in Europe.

To get a real view of the actual competences held by ICT professionals in Europe today, CEPIS is conducting a pan-European Professional e-Competence project , which analyses the digital competences of ICT professionals and how they comply with labour market requirements. The research is conducted via a web questionnaire based on the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF), developed by the CEN (European Committee for Standardization) Workshop on ICT Skills and supported by the European Commission and the Council of Ministers.

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Roundtable on « Writing for the Web »

Writing for the Web is different than writing for any other support ! This Easter weekend, during Bordeaux Barcamp, a roundtable revealed some interesting findings, e.g.:

  • The web redactor has to start cooperating with the rest of the web team from the very beginning of the project to ensure coherency. 
  • Search engine optimisation (SEO) has to be implemented since the design phase.
  • Using short sentences, making many pages, if several subjects, is better than one large page.

The openED course: Business and Management Competencies in a Web 2.0 world

openED 2.0 is a FREE/OPEN online course for business students and practitioners alike. The course consists of 10 modules. You can either take all of the 10 modules, or just those ones that you are interested in.
The course consists of 10 modules allowing participants to choose the individual modules they are interested in. This is to say that you can either take all of the 10 modules, or just those ones that you are interested at. Some of the modules are more academic (5A1 & 5A2), others are more targeted at professionals (5P1, 5P2 & 5P3), and the remaining modules should be of interest for both, students and practitioners.

Internet Jobs : Do not forget SMEs! – article in Les Echos

As most new internet jobs are available in SMEs, it is important to note that professional profiles are different in SMEs than in large organisations.

Working on the internet in an SME requires a more transversal approach and involves more communication and marketing skills. Of course, technical skills are important, but the final decision to hire a professional will mostly depend on his/her soft skills.
The PIN project (Leonardo da Vinci network) identifies technical and soft skills for key internet-related job profiles and will publish them on the e-Jobs Observatory.

Les Echos, one of the main French economic newspapers, recently published an article on some of the main findings of the project.

Redefining university – Higher education for a new society

Today, higher education is under tremendous pressure to meet greater expectations, whether it be student numbers, educational quality, the needs of professionals or economic development. Meanwhile, the resources available to higher education institutions are declining. (… cont.)

Full article can be found in eLearning Papers n° 24

Roundtable Meeting in Norwich – 7 April 2011

In the context of the Pro Internet project, a Roundtable Meeting on the “Needs of the Internet Industry Making Offer and Demand meet in Training and Education” took place in Norwich on 7 April 2011.

Its main conclusions were:

  • The most exciting prospects for new job creation are in combining traditional skills and competences with internet-based skills and competences.
  • Managers in large and small organisations still need to become fully aware of the opportunities in using/implementing the internet in their relevant business/organisational processes.
  • Intensified collaboration between training institutions and prospective employers is necessary and should be facilitated by government.
  • A proper investigation into what is exactly meant by “soft skills” needs to be carried out.
  • Employers call for highly specialist and modular trainings. Training institutions should follow this call. Governments should facilitate the process with light rather than heavy-handed intervention.
  • An information exchange platform at European level as a best/good practice transfer mechanism and a means to provide comparability of approaches, methods, frameworks and outcomes is useful.
  • Attempts to develop a labelisation, certification and normalization activity at European level must be envisaged over the long-term and must secure the buy-in of national labelisation, certification and normalization processes.
  • Collaboration with e-Skills UK, the STEM Centre and the Hotsource network should be explored.

 The full summary can be downloaded here.