More specialist IT skills needed among young people in Britain

The IT employment sector is growing five times faster than the UK average. In the next five years some 500,000 new entrants will be needed. However most of these jobs – research analysts, software developers, infrastructure specialists, systems engineers – will demand higher level qualifications and skills.

There are specially real opportunities for young people who are increasingly under-represented in the IT sector. Educational performance will need to radically transform to provide the calibre of entrants required. An overhaul of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) curriculum is required. It is hoped that Behind the Screen, an industry-funded trial of a new computing curriculum, will help to achieve this. Co-opting tech companies on to school governing bodies would promote the sector to young people. [Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk]

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IT Professional profiling tool

The National Skills Academy, led by e-Skills UK, has launched the beta version of the IT Professional profiling tool . The applications is a free on-line tool allows people evaluate their professional skills against an agreed industry benchmark – the IT Professional Standards.

Using the IT Professional Standards , the tool helps to benchmark the skill levels and to create an IT Professional Profile. Once the profile is create it allows to share the online profile or find high quality online learning to develop a career.


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European e-Skills Conference, 13 December 2011, Brussels

The European e-Skills 2011 Conference will be a kick-off for the preparation of the European e-Skills Week, which will be held on 26-30 March 2012. As an initiative of the European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, the European e-Skills Week Conference will feature the presentation of the roadmap for the European e-Skills Week campaign in 2012, together with presentations from industry leaders, policy makers and key note speakers from universities and an overview of different national activities.

The conference is organised by the European Commission Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry, in partnership with DIGITALEUROPE, EUN Schoolnet and other leading stakeholders.

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Green ICT: Trends and Challenges

Created by UPGRADE, a bi-monthly European informatics e-journal that covers many diverse topics of particular interest to IT professionals and academics, « Green ICT: Trends and Challenges » covers the following topics:
  • ICT: The Information Society’s Commitment for Environmental Sustainability
  • CEPIS Green ICT Survey – Examining Green ICT Awareness in Organisations: Initial Findings
  • The Five Most Neglected Issues in « Green IT »
  • Utility Computing: Green Opportunities and Risks
  • Good, Bad, and Beautiful Software – In Search of Green Software Quality Factors
  • Towards the Virtual Power Grid: Large Scale Modeling and Simulation of Power Grids
  • Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Smart Grid Applications
  • Green Computing: Saving Energy by Throttling, Simplicity and Parallelization
  • Towards Sustainable Solutions for European Cloud Computing
  • A State-of-the-Art on Energy Efficiency in Today’s Datacentres: Researcher’s Contributions and Practical Approaches

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Qualifications frameworks in Europe: modernising education and training

The following briefing released by CEDEFOP explains the important role qualifications frameworks are playing in Europe and the challenges to ensure the success of National Qualifications Frameworks.
A clearer understanding of what qualifications mean will make it easier for people to move from one type or level of learning to another; for example, from general education to vocational education and training (VET), from school-based training to apprenticeships, or from upper-secondary to university.

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Publication: Evaluation for improving student outcomes

The publication « Evaluation for improving student outcomes. Messages for quality assurance policies » created by Cedefop, highlights a number of key messages for policy and decision-makers responsible for setting the conditions for developing a culture of evaluation in schools and training institutions. The document aims to provide policy and decision-makers with recommendations on external evaluation and self-assessment and building trust between stakeholders to ensure quality in education and training provision.
The publication is based on the findings of the study visits on quality assurance mechanisms in schools and vocational training institutions and, more specifically, on good examples of policies and practices identified during two ‘peer learning’ visits that took place in Vilnius and Hamburg in the third quarter of 2010. The publication also draws on Cedefop’s work on gathering, analysing and disseminating information on quality in VET.

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Digital trends 2011 on Cloud Coputing and Green ICT

The Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (HePIS), and the Council of European Professionals Informatics Society (CEPIS) are co-hosting Digital Trends 2011, the first Forum in Greece to encourage dialogue on the contribution of the ICT sector to economic growth, increased productivity, the advancement of a creative digital culture, the adoption of ‘Green’ and ‘Cloud’ practices and the strengthening of the overall role of industry professionals’ within the business community. The event will be held in Athens, on 5 December 2011.

The main issues to be adressed are:

– « Green » practices, business benefits and migration plans

– The ‘business case’ of cloud computing and its corporate value

– How do Cloud Computing and Green ICT change the way ICT departments operate?

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The European e-Skills Week 2012 launched!

Organized by DIGITALEUROPE and European Schoolnet, together with the European Commission – DG Enterprise and Industry -, the second European e-Skills week will take place on 26 -30 March 2012.

The event will be focused on showing people how to get jobs and e-skills for life in the digital age. Options for education, training, and opportunities for jobs and growth will be a highlight, and will demonstrate why ICT is so important for any new job.

Preparatory work for the European e-Skills Week 2012 will commence in December 2011 and activities will continue up until May 2012.

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