e-Jobs Observatory participated in the European Employment Forum in Brussels

On 27/28 November 2012, the e-Jobs Observatory participated in the European Employment Forum in Brussels, an annual conference and exhibition focusing on the major social and economic issues surrounding employment and creating an effective discussion and meeting forum. The Observatory presented its solutions for tackling jobs mismatches, skills gaps and unemployment in the ICT sector.
Representatives from the e-Jobs Observatory, through their participation in conference sessions, focus group sessions and exhibitor presentations, highlighted the key role of e-Skills in the fight against shortages in the ICT sector and unemployment .
Adriana Baer, Coordinator of the ProInterNet project, presented the structure and strategy of the e-Jobs Observatory through the Exhibitor presentation: « Fighting e-Skills Shortages and Unemployment: the e-Jobs Observatory ». 
Ed Mahood, Chairman of the e-Jobs Observatory, showcased the e-Jobs Observatory as an alternative to e-Skills Shortages and unemployment at the conference session: « Austerity and Jobs: Impacts and alternative approaches ».
Philippe Wacker, Director of the e-Jobs Observatory, engaged the audience in an active discussion during his presentation « Seizing the opportunity of e-Jobs » at one of the focus group sessions.

Is there a chance to turn e-skills into jobs?

Aleksandra Nikolova is working on her own internet start-up company. A few years ago, she decided to quit university because she wasn’t convinced she was learning any practical skills. « There are lots of young people who are just finishing university, they can’t find a job because of lack of experience and they are disappointed with reality, » says Aleksandra. 

But there are plenty of young people with excellent skills in programming, design or social marketing. Aleksandra is convinced there is a chance to turn those e-skills into jobs. In her free time, Aleksandra runs a website publicising business opportunities in the digital economy. Her site won an award during e-skills week, a campaign supported by the European Commission whose aim is to promote IT careers for young people. Aleksandra welcomes such initiatives: 
« Young people use the internet mostly for pleasure, » she says. « They are searching for normal jobs, things that they find normal, they are not willing to take risks, and everything that is new for them is kind of a risk in their mind. There is, however, a growing number of young people in Sofia willing to take risks. » It’s now up to this dynamic new generation to show the way using their skills and creativity to turn ideas into reality.

I.IEK ΒΕΡΓΗ received the Label of Excellence from e-Jobs Observatory

I.IEK ΒΕΡΓΗ, which stands for Private Institute for Vocational Education and Training VERGI, is one of the oldest (since 1960) and highly appreciated Institutes for Vocational Training in Greece always aiming at innovation, progress and services of high standards. I.IEK ΒΕΡΓΗ is authorized by the Greek Ministry for Education and the courses provided are strictly supervised by the General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning. I.IEK ΒΕΡΓΗ is certified with ISO 9001 by DQS.
Why is our label important for you?
Our belief is that implementing quality assurance should be part of the services  we provide and we have always encouraged our students to broaden their professional horizons through exchange programmes with other Institutions and various collaborations.
In particular the e-Jobs Observatory can be a profound network of quality assurance in e-Jobs and an excellent tool of formulating a standardized status of e-Skills and e-Competences only with one goal; the reduction of unemployment around Europe in e-jobs. The Label will distinguish our Institute and will define our ICT students europeanly “approved” in this field.

François Adoue, President of the e-Jobs Observatory has been interviewed by Le Monde

François Adoue, President of the e-Jobs Observatory has been interviewed by Le Monde, the well known French newspaper, about internet-related jobs and their potential in companies that are not in the ICT industry but that need to hire ICT skilled employees. 

« François Adoue, Président de l’Observatoire Européen des Métiers de l’Internet revient sur les profils recherchés et les familles de formation. Les entreprises de 20 à 200 personnes, qui ne travaillent pas dans le domaine Internet, représentent un grand potentiel d’emplois. L’expérience de l’Observatoire des métiers, qui s’appuie sur un réseau… »
The full article is available in French at « Les PME veulent de vrais polyvalents » @ Le Monde.

The e-Jobs Observatory participates at the 2012 European Employment Forum

On 27/28 November 2012, the e-Jobs Observatory will participate for the first time in the European Employment Forum in Brussels.

Businesses, social partners, government and EU policy makers, as well as individual professionals from across the EU and beyond, will gather in the European capital to explore ways that will boost the employability of the European labourforce and pave the way out of the recession. 
Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in conference sessions, exhibitor sessions and focus groups, allowing in depth conversations on topics which focused on the efforts at regional, national and European level to alleviate unemployment and current social problems.
Representatives of the e-Jobs Observatory will present the role of internet-related skills and competences and call on the need to reduce the e-skills gap by developing training courses that meet ICT labour market requirements.
Ed Mahood, Chairman, will participate in the conference session “Austerity and jobs: impacts and alternative approaches”.
Philippe Wacker, Director, will lead the discussion forum session “Seizing the opportunity of e-Jobs”.
Adriana Baer, Project Coordinator, will showcase the e-Jobs Observatory, during the Exhibition presentation “Fighting e-skills shortages and unemployment: the e-jobs Observatory”.

Lifelong Learning Programme Info Day 2013

The Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) Info Day 2013, organized by the European Commission (Directorate General Education and Culture) and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), took place on 12 November in Brussels. 
Participants had the chance to receive useful information on the priorities of the 2013 call, as well as practical advice on the preparation and submission of proposals, and on the management of grants. Brian Holmes, Acting Director of EACEA, opened the Day. Besides the presentations by EC officials, coordinators of projects receiving funding, shared their experiences with the audience. 
All sessions were transmitted live and on-line participation was strongly encouraged, mainly due to the limits of the on-site capacity.

Opportunity Green Business Conference 2013 at Los Angeles Center Studios

The 6th Annual Opportunity Green conference brings together today’s leading companies and visionaries; showcasing the sought-after opportunities, profound innovations and trends accelerating the new green economy.
OG ’13 exposes participants to an interdisciplinary cross-section of ideas at the forefront of sustainable business practices through a variety of formats, including creative panels and experiential workshops. From Fortune 500 powerhouses to inventive startups, Opportunity Green attracts over 1000 industry professionals and executive decision-makers from around the globe. 

For Sas received the Label of Excellence from the e-Jobs Observatory

For Sas was established in 2006 drawing on the experiences of its creators, as a centre for supporting SMES in several fields, focusing primarily on vocational training.
Its mission is to support enterprises by promoting the development of their human resources, utilizing over 15 years of accumulated experience of its consultants and the collaboration of private schools and Universities.
Our E-learning platform completes the training offer: this tool allows real time monitoring of training course trends (with specific contact charts) and a range of tests designed specifically for every single training lesson.

For Sas offers a series of services to enterprises such as financial costs and needs analysis, fund raising, management of cash flow, … and launched in 2008 a supporting service for public and private entities involved in European Project.

Why did they request the Label of Excellence?

« The Label of Excellence is a fundamental step for the promotion of proper training processes as provided by For SAS. The company is engaged from 2008 in finding new ways in the field of Vocational Training, in promotion of innovative and concrete practices and in participating to large and relevant European Networks. The label can also constitute the mean by which For SAS can participate to the ongoing discussion upon vocational training future.«