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To unlock the potential of e-Skills to fuel growth and jobs, key players involved in the European e-Skills Week 2012 are committed to the essential principles contained in the ‘e-Skills Manifesto
’ and summarised below:
– Commit to be more competitive through investment in ICT and ICT skills.
– Address youth unemployment in Europe through e-Skills.
– Foster IT leadership.
– Commitment to life-long education and training.
– Invest in innovation.
– European leadership of global standards
– Commitment to cooperation
– Commitment to solidarity in a Digital Europe
– Prioritize e-Skills policy and scale-up implementation.
The guiding principles herewith are designed to chart a path which partners in the European e-Skills Week 2012 are poised to tread. Our commitment will secure jobs, enhance competitiveness of European business, and ensure that all Europeans enjoy the benefits of the Information Society.
A new report published by The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies
(CEPIS) examines the e-competences of 2000 IT professionals from 28 countries across Europe. The purpose of this research is to produce and assess an up-to-date picture of the actual digital competences of IT professionals across Europe today, using profiles recognised by the labour market and analysing them based on the European e-Competence Framework
Some of the key findings of the report show that only 21% of professionals had the e-competences to match their declared profile. While IT Manager is the most declared job profile, only 8% of those who exercise the function appear to have all e-competences required for the function.
Based on its research CEPIS puts forward the following conclusions and key recommendations:
1. The young talent that Europe needs is lacking – promoting the IT profession among young people is essential.
2. Continuous Professional Development needs to play a greater role and should be targeted to existing and anticipated e-competence gaps.
3. Career paths with defined training and education requirements are needed.
4. All countries urgently need to address the gender imbalance
5. The e-CF should be applied as a pan-European reference tool to categorise competences and identify competence gaps.
Download “Professional e-Competence in Europe; Identifying the e-Competences of European IT Professionals”
The first e-Jobs Observatory
newsletter has been launched today and will be sent on a monthly basis to all interested people. The newsletter informs about all activities related to research, training, qualifications, standards, certifications and employment in the field of e-Jobs in Europe.
The e-Jobs Observatory aims at fostering better interaction between key stakeholders, improving the employability of job seekers, reducing the e-skills shortages on the EU labour market, improving the quality of Vocational Education & Training (VET) in the field of e-Jobs and making VET more transparent and comparable at European level.
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