Peter Norvig, probably best known for his work with Google cars, recently team taught a course on artificial intelligence with Sebastian Thurn at Stanford. They opened the class to anyone who wanted to participate online, with some very interesting results.
Watch this clip of his TED talk
to learn more.
The Foundation Certificate in Green IT is the industry leading certification from the Institute providing candidates with the knowledge and skills to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs in their organisation.
The Official Portal of Internet-related jobs of the French Government (Le Portail des Métiers de l’Internet) has just wrote an article in French that underlines the initiative of eJobs Observatory Platform. It is about the 10 ejob profiles, the way of validation and the recommendations the Observatory has made.
Digikaa is a social network of professionals involved in digital economy. They publish a news article relating a new study issued by CSA (One of the main french opinion poll). The results of the survey confirm the importance of internet in the recruiting process, as well for employers and employees. 67 % of employees have already look for a job on the net. Consutations and answers of job offers are the first reason, but also social networks which increase in last period.
According to latest research BPO/SSC (business process outsourcing/shared service center)
sector is recognized as one of the industries with the greatest
growth potential. Shared services center market is stil achieving year-over-year double-digit growth and its’ future looks promising. Although a majority of
jobs was still offered to graduates with good knowledge of foreign languages, more and more employers have been looking for professionals with up to 10 years of experience.
Association of Business Service Leaders in Poland (ABSL) estimates that
currently in 300 BPO/SSC centers over 80 thousand people are employed and next year the number of
employees may increase up to 100 thousand. According to the Polish Information
and Foreign Investment (PAIIZ) Agency investments in services are the
only kind of investments that haven’t descreased recently.
The vast majority (about 200) of BPO centers in Poland specialize in IT and financial and accounting processes. This shouldn’t change this year. This is confirmed by Marta Aserigadu, Business Services
Delivery Manager HAYS – Accounting and IT processes are still the dominant
features of the creation of SSC/BPO and that’s why most of the jobs are offered to specialists. The ideal
candidate for employers in BPC/SSC sector should have the ability to work
effectively in a team, what sometimes causes problems for generation Y candidates, who prefer rather to work as individuals. Employers also put great emphasis on openness,
communication and teamwork skills, because the international working environment requires tolerance and respect for another culture or religion – emphasizes
Aleksander Markish from HR agency REED.
The Supporting Active Ageing through Training (SAATT) project involves partners in four EU countries: Italy, Greece, Finland and the UK. The focus of project is to develop and deliver a training package that will inform workers and TU representatives about issues and problems facing ageing employees and best practice in meeting those needs.
The training will have two key strands:
– Strand 1 is workplace focused and will enable TU reps to identify key issues affecting older workers, and effectively negotiate AAP policy. This strand will be adopted and delivered by TUs after the action.
– Strand 2 has an individual focus and will help older workers to prepare for retirement in considering issues of flexible working, health, welfare, diet. This strand will be delivered in partnership between TUs and employers after the action.
Data centres and other ICT infrastructures are increasingly vital for all sectors of the economy, and green growth strategies will require people capable of both greening ICT itself and helping ICT to make other activities greener. ICT skills and employment: New competences and jobs for a greener and smarter economy (the OECD report mentioned above) argues that promoting ICT skills in the green and smart economy pays a double dividend by encouraging job creation and accelerating the transition to green growth.
The jobs wouldn’t just be in the sector itself. Employment in the ICT industry and employment of ICT specialist skills each accounts for up to 5% of total employment in OECD countries, but ICT intensive-users account for more than 20% of all workers in all branches. A car mechanic I know told me that when he started working 30 years ago, the first thing you did when a car came in to the repair shop (apart from telling the client it was a big job and would be ready on Tuesday) was to get your hands dirty poking around the engine or jacking it up, whereas now you start by plugging it in to a computer. And hundreds of other jobs across the whole skills range now need knowledge of ICT as well.