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)
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.
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 most ambitious virtual career fair is currently being run by Monster.ca. The fair is receiving as many as 200 applications/hour. It is powered by the Spanish leader in virtual fairs and trade show platforms IMASTE, winner of the European Seal of e-Excellence 2011.
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.
A very interesting analysis by Jacques Froissant, founder of the Altaïde RH organisation, regarding the impact of e-reputation on recruitment appeared in a webpage published by L’EXPRESS (one of the main news magazines in France).
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.