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.