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

CEN Workshop on ICT Skills releases « Interim Report on e-CF into SMEs »

The CEN Workshop on ICT Skills released an Interim Report in the framework of a project focusing on implementing the European e-Competence Framework (eCF) into ICT SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises).

The targeted project outcomes are as follows:
1. A proposal for adapting the eCF according to SME requirements.
2. An easy tool for e-competence needs analysis within SMEs based on the eCF.
3. An initial chart connecting ICT SMEs’ e-competences to e-certifications available on the market (both proprietary and open source), based on the e-CERT mapping method (i.e. the CWA on e-Certification).

The Interim Report is circulated for comments, specifically from the ICT SME community. EMF – The Forum of e-Excellence, which represents SMEs within the Workshop, would appreciate any comments that it could relay to the Workshop.

Professional e-Competence – CEPIS Self-assessment Tool

This online tool is based upon the European e-Competence Framework (eCF). It allows IT professionals to assess their competences in view of their dominant profile (e.g. IT Manager, IT Project Manager, Business Analyst, IT Systems Architect, Software Developer, etc.). The survey generates a personal competence profile providing feedback with regard to competencies that should be developed and competencies that are possessed in greater depth than required. It takes about 15 minutes to complete. It can be recommended as a useful self-assessment tool.

European e-Competence Framework (e-CF), version 2.0 published

The new and improved version of the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF), version 2.0 is now available on www.ecompetences.eu. The newly published version of the framework builds upon the original e-CF version 1.0 and it takes into account experience and feedback from ICT stakeholders across Europe and overseas. Apart from minor changes to wordings of different descriptors and the set up of a general methodology how to apply the framework, the new framework includes 4 new competence descriptors.

Generally, the eCF is a reference framework of 36 ICT competences that can be used and understood by ICT user and supply companies, the public sector, education and social partners across Europe. The framework is targeted at four main groups of stakeholders:

  1. ICT practitioners and managers to whom it provides clear guidelines for their competence development
  2. Human resource managers to whom it enables the anticipation and planning of competence requirements
  3. Education and training providers (VET institutions) to whom it serves as a tool for planning and design of ICT curricula
  4. Policy makers and market researchers to whom it provides a clear and Europe-wide agreed reference for ICT skills and competences in a long-term perspective.

The full framework as well as the methodology are available for download at www.ecompetences.eu.