Celtic-Plus Proposers’ Day and Event 2012

The Event will take place at Näringslivets Hus Konferens & Restaurang Storgatan 19/ Stockholm. The EUREKA cluster Celtic-Plus organizes its 7th official Celtic Event and Celtic-Plus Proposer’s Day on 22nd and 23rd February 2012 in Stockholm/ Sweden. The Event will be attended by around 200 experts and decision makers are expected to attend the sessions.

The focus will be on the new challenges for the telecommunications world and the competitiveness of Europe’s telecommunications industry towards a Smart Connected World. The Celtic-Plus Proposers’ Day provides a platform to present potential project ideas and to discuss them with other experts in order to build a strong project consortium. Participation only of the proposers’ day (morning session) is free of charge (no lunch). You are welcome to attend also the Celtic Event, however, then you need to register and pay the event fee.

Discuss new research projects and build new project teams on:

• New service challenges: • Get connected (telecommunications infrastructure challenges)

• Digital City

• Digital Home

• E-Health

• multi-disciplinary topicsHigh-level views on future challenges from industry perspective

• Future Internet, how the program impact should be extended

• Green-ICT, CleanTech, Smart Grids

• Inter-disciplinary challenges for a better, cleaner, energy-efficient world

Exhibition: In parallel to the Event a Celtic project exhibition will be organised by Celtic project teams demonstrating their achievements, demos or prototypes and discuss their results with interested experts. More information you can find here.

Distance Selling & e-Commerce Conference, January 23 Athens

The aim of the Distance Selling & e-Commerce Conference 2012, is to reveal the ways and tools that make e-business, more competitive, versatile and customer-centric, as well as to identify barriers that exist and close the way to further development of e-commerce. Also, suggest modern (and proven) practices and practical technology solutions that will overcome these obstacles. The Conference aims to help business interested in forming a comprehensive and effective strategy that will create benefits for the entire industry.

The Conference will try to answer – among others – the following questions:
• Are Greek e-businesses competitive?
• Do they offer the customer experience that the customers expect?
• Which are the steps to be done to lead to development?
• Do they have recognizable brands trusted by customers?
• Do they have innovative and secure payment systems?
• Are the infrastructure and legislative framework sufficient for further development?
• Which are the innovations in the field of logistics and distribution?
• Is mobile commerce the next bet?

The Conference refers at all business in Greece that either activate, plan to operate or supply companies at Distance Selling. Invites all senior executives who specialize in marketing, business development, IT, customer service, procurement, e-commerce, multichannel marketing, direct marketing, logistics, market research from the following sectors: Retail, Travel Services, Hospitality, Transport / postal Services, Banking Services, Telecommunications, Electronics / Computers, Entertainment, Internet.
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ProInterNet (PIN) project: Greek experts discuss about the future of Internet related Jobs

The current interview is a discussion between two experts I. Marinou and I. Kostopoulos as a continuation of the first Round table of the ProInterNet (PIN) project, which took place in Patras, Greece on March 2011. The main aim of this meeting was to allow the interaction among the main key stakeholders or key players in the area of e-Jobs and internet related jobs, to share knowledge, practical experience and market needs in order to obtain direct feedback from them as well as to gather a compendium of recommendations to the stakeholders based on the brain-storming and information exchange during the meeting.

In the video the two experts, I. Marinou director of the Greek Man Power Employment Organization (OAED) in Patras and I. Kostopoulos ICT consultant in the Municipality of Patras, have given the definition of the internet industry and perceiving it as industry and they talk about its current dimension. Moreover, they outline their views on future needs, based on their experience, make suggestions about what can be done to improve the situation in the internet related job market, an issue of general discussion also on a public organization level.

ProInterNet (PIN) (http://www.prointernet-project.eu/) is a network project that will contribute to key objectives of Leonardo as defined in policy documents, such as the Treaty of Copenhagen. In particular, the project is to improve transparency, information systems and guidance on skills and qualifications for professions Internet at European level. The main aim of the project is the creation of the European Thematic Network for the internet professions and their related needs.
The activities planned by the project PIN will improve employability, reduce skill shortages in the EU labor market, improve the quality of Vocational Education – Training and will make Vocational Education – Training in ICT transparent and comparable at European level. Therefore it will benefit all target groups that involves in the web project. With the involvement of all related entities, outside the pool, in all phases of the project will reach critical mass that will allow continued cooperation at the network level. One of the project activities is to organize roundtables for exchange knowledge and to create a level-playing ground for future activities of the network. The project is receiving 75% for its funding from the European Lifelong Learning program. Ten partners from 8 European countries are participating in the project. Greece is representing by the Hellenic Open University through the participation of Educational Content, Technology and Methodology Laboratory directed by Assistant Professor Achilles Kameas.

What skills do you need for a Green ICT Job?

The new Green IT node project investigates the needed skills and competences for green ICT jobs. The project started in November 2011 and address the shortage of skilled professionals in the Green IT field. During the 24 months of the project, Green IT node  will analyse the market needs, the existing trainings available for the different components and competences, and define a professional standard in the participating European countries. 

Green IT node will develop European specialist profiles that are in compliance with the principles of the European metaframeworks EQF/e-CF and ECVET as well as guidelines for developing/setting-up further vocational training measures for Green ICT jobs. The expected impact will allow for comparable skills sets for these professions of the future which supports the European labour market and tus, the employability of professionals while at the same time contributing to one of the major challenges of Europe 2020.
Green IT node is funded by Lifelong Learning programme of the European Commission.

More information on the project
More information on eJobs in Europe

Action plan for doubling the volume of e-commerce in Europe by 2015

The Commission has adopted a Communication presenting 16 targeted initiatives aiming to boost e-commerce from its current levels of 3.4% of total retail sales  to 7% by 2015. The plan places emphasis on strengthening a single harmonized framework for e-commerce and other commercial online services and proposes an action plan to remove  five main obstacles to the Digital Single Market:

– the supply of legal, cross-border online services is still inadequate;
– there is not enough information for online service operators or protection for internet users;
– payment and delivery systems are still inadequate;
– there are too many cases of abuse and disputes that are difficult to settle;
– insufficient use is made of high-speed communication networks and hi-tech solutions.

To face up this reality new competences and skills will be needed for e-Commerce related jobs.

What are the main future jobs in the e-commerce field? Comment below!

Research on E-Commerce in Greece

The annual survey of the Laboratory of Electronic Commerce (ELTRUN) Athens University of Economics on « Recording of the total e-commerce market in B-C, and behavior of Greek on-line consumers » has been completed recently. Despite the stabilizing trends in the second–half, the total purchases for goods and services of Greek consumers fluctuated in 2011 to 1.7 billion euros, an increase of 30% compared to 2010. Right now, 1.5 million on-line Greek consumers buy on average 14–15 times a year by using the Internet, spending 1,150 euros/year, of which 2/3 bound for Greek sites. The annual incidence and value of the purchases of Greek online consumers are now corresponding to the European averages.

Teaching of computer science in UK lacks relevance

The teaching of computer science must become more relevant to modern needs, said the government. The UK government said the current teaching of IT was « insufficiently rigorous and in need of reform ». This impression results from an industry report investigating technology teaching in the UK. The report was published in October and criticised current ICT classes as those tended to aim at conveying how to use software instead of writing it. As a consequence, a major task would be to investigate ways to tempt good teachers of computer science into schools.

Teens overtake ICT teachers at school

According to a Microsoft study, many teenagers are immersed in technology at home – but are not able to translate this into learning technology skills at school. Such a skills gap is a « major concern » for employers, says Mr Beswick, Microsoft’s director of education. He points out that pupils will have to be able to leave school with adequate skills in information technology which will be required by the jobs market.
The survey claims that 71% of teenagers think that they learn more about information technology outside of school than in formal ICT lessons. This is especially, because most of the teenagers are used to social networking platforms. Those platforms require skills that would be useful to employers, he says, as the users are skilled in collaborating and interacting in a creative way.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-12192047

Teaching situation of ICT in secondary schools in England

The teaching of information and communications technology (ICT) is inadequate in a fifth of secondary schools in England, Ofsted says. It is also stated that teachers lack the know how to teach demanding topics satisfactory such as databases and programming. As a consequence, the number of pupils taking ICT courses has decreased dramatically since 2007.

Chief inspector Miriam Rosen said « […] Schools should provide a range of ICT courses that are suitably matched to students’ needs, support them with their learning and prepare them for higher education and for skilled work in a technological age. »

According to Schools Minister Nick Gibb, too many young people were not being equipped with the skills and knowledge they needed for further study and the workplace. He said « We are looking very carefully at ICT as part of the national curriculum review and have listened closely to the computing industry’s calls for more rigorous computer science courses to help tackle the skills shortages facing high-tech industries. »

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16157519

Successful partner meeting in Stuttgart, Germany

The partner meeting at DEKRA in Stuttgart, Germany (09/01/12 – 10/01/12) was a successful event from the consortium`s point of view. The focus of this meeting was set on the Certification and Labelisation process for trainings on internet-related jobs. In the course of the meeting, the partners elaborated measures for a successful realisation of those steps.

The next partner meeting will take place in Wroclaw, Poland in June 2012.