Digital Agenda Assembly (DAA) 2013!

« Jobs are people »! « Broadband is more important than water »! These were a few of the perceptions expressed at the DAA 2013 which took place on 19 and 20 June in Dublin, Ireland. 
For this occasion the Dublin Castle opened its doors to welcome approximately 700 representatives from the industry, the European institutions, government policy makers, research organisations, NGOs, SMEs, regulators, Member States representatives and related stakeholders from the employment and cross-cutting sectors.
The DAA 2013 was an opportunity to go through the themes of the Digital Agenda for Europe review, assess the progress and challenges in implementation and seek ways to improve delivery. The main programme concept was the digital lifecycle with an emphasis on digital skills, entrepreneurship and growth. The workshops focused on ICT skills and jobs, public services for the citizen, research & innovation and technology enablers, trust & security, entrepreneurship and the digital single market.
The Digital Agenda Assembly 2013 was co-organised with the Irish Presidency of the EU Council. Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, and Enda Kenny, Prime Minister of Ireland, were also present.

Annual ECVET forum Prague, 13 & 14 June 2013

EUPROMA took part in the 2013 ECVET forum on the 13th of June 2013, in Prague. VET policy-makers, VET providers, practitioners, social partners and representatives from sector organizations and regions met to build stronger relationships and improve their knowledge of developments in ECVET and the other European instruments in education.

In the frame of the annual Forum, participants were part of different workshops focus on fostering geographical mobility, lifelong learning, the role of VET providers, companies, teachers, trainers, regions in the ECVET implementation.

Adriana Baer, was invited as key expert for her vast experience and active work on the promotion of implementation of ECVET at European level through the current EU funded projects, CompAAL and engAGEnt, in the field of ambient assisted living, Grin-CH, Sustainable ICT; e-Tourism Framework; ECVET-Trainer. Adriana shared her experience in the sessions ECVET implementation – the current state of play and the role of VET teachers and trainers in ECVET implementation.

During the event the ECVET Communities of Practice portal was also launched, the portal will help ECVET members stay connected and support collaboration.

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Greta Bretagne Sud reçoit le Label d’Excellence de l’Observatoire International des Métiers du Web

Le Label d’Excellence de l’Observatoire International des Métiers du Web a été décerné à Greta Bretagne Sud lors de la conférence « Impact des technologies web sur l’activité commerciale des entreprises et évolution des compétences ». François Adoue, directeur de l’Observatoire, a salué le travail d’équipe remarquable des formateurs du Greta et les a qualifié de fer de lance de la compétence TIC en Bretagne, seconde région de France en matière de Technologie de l’Information et de la Communication.

UEAPME Position Paper on EQAVET, EQF, ECVET is out!

On 21 May 2013 the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (UEAPME) published a Position Paper on the current implementation of the European tools: 

  • European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET)
  • European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and 
  • European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET)
UEAPME supports all three tools aimed notably at enhancing transparency of qualifications, attractiveness of VET, flexibility of learning pathways, as well as promoting employability and learning mobility. However, the need for more synergies between all three tools is stressed in the Position Paper. 
The e-Jobs Observatory shares the perspectives addressed in the UEAPME Position Paper. Increased synergies between these European tools combined with adequate communication to a wider audience will result in increasing the confidence of SMEs in the education and training learning outcomes. 

Informatics education: Europe cannot afford to miss the boat

According to a report of the joint Informatics Europe& ACM Europe Working Group on Informatics Education (April 2013), all of Europe´s citizens need to be educated in informatics and digital literacy in order to avoid becoming a consumer of IT instead of being a global player.

The report also makes various recommendations to solve the problems resulting from the current situation:

  1. Children shall be educated in digital literacy. This comprises the skills, but also practices of using the tools effectively and ethically. 
  2. Children shall also be be taught in informatics as a separate scientific subject.
  3. Teachers need to be trained immediately. 
  4. The definition of informatics curricula should rely on the existing work on this issue. 

To access the full report, please click the following link:

Belgium is facing a shortage of 11.700 ICT specialists

In Belgium companies and the Government is looking for rather than 11.700 ICT experts, according to the result of a study presented by Agoria, the Technology Industry Federation and the AXA group.
« These digital experts are crucial for the smooth running of our Industry and Authorities » says the director of Agoria ICT, Bauduin Corlùy. He adds that « if we were able to meet all the ICT functions open at this moment, our country would increase its GDP of 1.3 billion euros ». Even if Flanders has the largest number of jobs (8000), Brussels is looking for 2000 – 3000 ICT experts. 
According Agoria, business-consultants (3,472 vacancies) topped the list of functions shortage, followed by solution developers and applications (1853) and specialists in operations and maintenance (1051). « The number of jobs in this sector continues to grow, » says Corluy, but « there is a structural imbalance between demand and supply of ICT profiles, » he laments.
To decrease the gap between the demand of ICT experts and the shortage of skilled people, the e-Jobs Observatory works closely with SMEs and Training Organisations through Europe. It created structured ICT Role Profiles and training guidelines.

CompAAL was present at PETRA Conference in Rhodes!

On 29-31 May 2013 Rhodes, Greece welcomed around 100 participants in the 6th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA). This year the focus was on technological solutions for the in- home care of the elderly, as well as the care of people with chronic disorders.

CompAAL was presented in two sessions:
Tools, Infrastructures, Architectures and techniques for Deploying Pervasive Applications in Assistive Environments
  • Exploring Ambient Assisted Living Job Profiles, Achilles Kameas (Hellenic Open University)

How Ambient Assisted Living influences the job market – a European view, moderated by Aspasia Theodosiou and Achilles Kameas (Hellenic Open University)

The PETRA Conference brings together different types of technology to address an important social and healthcare issue: as the world’s population ages, there is growing interest in solutions for the in- home care of the elderly as well as for the care of people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other disabilities or traumas,. These people will increasingly rely on technology to be able to stay in their homes.