The 31 Winners of the prestigious European Seal of e-Excellence were published today

The names of the 31 Winners of the prestigious European Seal of e-Excellence were published today (5 February). The award ceremony takes place on the 5th March 2013 at 4.30PM at the Open Stage of the CeBIT in Hanover, Germany.
Created by EMF, the Forum of e-Excellence, the Seal is the public recognition for winners that they’ve translated an innovative idea into a valuable and bankable product/service that has an excellent track record in the market. These SMEs honored by this awards are the Big companies of tomorrow and will certainly look after high-skilled employees to develop their products or services all around the world.

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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.

The Continuing Education of the ULB offers you to enhance your skills

Do you want to update and enhance your knowledge, to get deep inside the scope of your knowledge, expand your skills and stimulate your critical thinking skill? 
The Continuing Education department of the ULB offers hundreds of courses at the forefront of knowledge, the specific needs of your business, the issue or topic that interests you individually. 
The potential of a reference University in the capital of Europe is: 

  • Nearly 300 international institutional agreements
  • Special partnerships with the Universities of Lille, Valenciennes, Paris, Grenoble and Berkeley Montreal
  • The headquarters of Unica network which covers all major universities in 38 European capitals
  • The participation in major European training (Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates, Grundtvig, Minerva, etc..)

e-Skills Manifesto signed in Copenhague, Denmark

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.

EMF attended the e-Skills Week stakeholders opening conference

EMF as e-Skills Week stakeholder attended on 19 March 2012 the  e-Skills Week stakeholders opening conference in Brussels. The Conference bought together all stakeholders – such as high-level public authorities, key industry representatives and research organisations – to discuss the current situation and needs of the e-Skilled workforce.

The event featured a plenary session on e-Skills policy in practice, as well as panel debates on the topic of e-Skills with both young people and ICT professionals.

More events and activities are foreseen for the upcoming weeks, culminating in a dedicated e-Skills Week final conference on 30 March 2012.

A new project to investigate the skills and competences needed for Ambient Assisted Living jobs

A recently started project (CompAAL) investigates the skills and competences neededfor Ambient Assisted Living related jobs.  The ageing society will need a lot more specialised jobs than exist today. New skills profiles have to be set-up for professionals from various backgrounds, for example architects building AAL compatible homes, staff of ambulatory home care, and most of all IT specialists in order to enable them to design AAL systems and interfaces, to manage interoperability, as well as to create, manage and moderate social networks.
The project is funded by the Lifelong Learning programme of the European Commission. During 24 months CompAAL will generate:
  • A set of defined professions in the field of ambient-assisted living;
  • National qualification profiles in the field of professions in ambient-assisted living described by learning outcomes that will lead to
  • Comprehensive European qualification profiles;
  • Guidelines for training institutions complying with the principles of the ECVET

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

European e-Skills Conference, 13 December 2011, Brussels

The European e-Skills 2011 Conference will be a kick-off for the preparation of the European e-Skills Week, which will be held on 26-30 March 2012. As an initiative of the European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, the European e-Skills Week Conference will feature the presentation of the roadmap for the European e-Skills Week campaign in 2012, together with presentations from industry leaders, policy makers and key note speakers from universities and an overview of different national activities.

The conference is organised by the European Commission Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry, in partnership with DIGITALEUROPE, EUN Schoolnet and other leading stakeholders.

More information and registrations

Four new e-Jobs Observatory platform supporters

ANEI, the Spanish asociation for Internet companies, For Business Consulting from Italy, Grup patronal România Moldova from Romania and the French association for multimedia jobs (AME) joined recently the e-Jobs Observatory partner network.

The four new partners appear now in the « about » section of the site together with other supporters and they will acquire editorial rights which will allow them to share information on the platform and participate in the restricted collaborative working group of e-Jobs supporters.

If you are interested in joining the network please fill in the form or contact us.

Lack of educational software and support staff to foster ICT in Education

The new report “Key Data on Learning and Innovation through ICT at School” published by the European Commission examines the evolution of ICT infrastructure in schools in terms of networks, hardware and software.

The document looks at how ICT is being used in educational processes and incorporated into curricula before focusing on its role in enabling the development of innovative teaching methods. It also examines the promotion of transversal as well as job-related key competences, and the role of ICT in this process.

One of the key findings of the report shows that there is not a great disparity between schools in availability of ICT equipment but that there is still a lack of educational software and support staff. Teachers usually acquire ICT-related skills during their initial training, but further professional development is less common but needed.

Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture,Multilingualism and Youth indicates that “The solution to an effective use of ICT in education, however, is not technology itself. Most European countries have made significant investments over the last years with a view to ensuring universal access to ICT, with considerable success. The focus of today’s policy in the field should now move to advancing our understanding of how the new technologies are and can best be used in schools to support learning, and what are the barriers in the way of success.

Download the report