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.
More events and activities are foreseen for the upcoming weeks, culminating in a dedicated e-Skills Week final conference on 30 March 2012.
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.
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The conference is organised by the European Commission Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry, in partnership with DIGITALEUROPE, EUN Schoolnet and other leading stakeholders.
In October of 2010, Empirica issued a report evaluating the implementation of the Communication of the European Commission on « e-Skills for the 21st Century » (adopted in September 2007). Key findings include:
- the number of ICT practitioners in Europe has been growing over the past decades and will continue to grow in the future;
- the number of computer science graduates was growing in the past, but has been in continuous decline in Europe since 2005;
- 198 million European citizens still do not have any ICT user skills and are some distance away from being digitally literate;
- the high level of activity of the European Commission is rated very positively by experts throughout Europe;
- some Member States had already been active with e-skills initiatives and strategies at the time when the Communication was adopted, other had plans to do so but most Member States did not have any concrete plans for action.
The study concludes:
« With respect to e-skills several countries including Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Lithuania, Spain, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Portugal could benefit from further policy and other relevant activities in the e-skills area which would help them to improve their current position. Countries like Hungary, Latvia but to some extent also Poland and Romania have obviously rather recently started to respond to the ‘e-skills’ challenges in their countries, increased the activity level, are on the right track but have not yet achieved the benefits of these activities or are not under severe pressure compared to other countries with much higher e-skills gaps.
Ireland, Belgium and Malta from the ‘followers’ group show very high ‘eskills’ activity levels which are needed to compensate for the very large eskills gaps in these countries relative to their workforce. These countries seem to be on a good track. The same holds true for the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and partially also for Germany from the ‘frontrunners’ group. However, in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Estonia one would have expected higher level of ‘e-skills’ activity levels since most of these countries still have rather significant ICT practitioners’ skills gaps.
The digital literacy activity levels are higher than those relating specifically to ICT practitioners’ skills. However, there are still countries with rather low levels of digital literacy among the population and at the same time low digital literacy activity levels. These most notably are Bulgaria and Italy but also the Czech Republic where this is likely to have a continuously negative effect since in these countries belong to the less well performing countries on ‘digital literacy’ in Europe. Similarly low activity levels can be identified in
Luxembourg and Ireland which may not have such drastic impacts since both countries are ranking 10th and 11th on the NRI in Europe Finally, in Sweden and Finland high levels of digital literacy of the population
have been achieved and as a consequence no or only little further action is urgently required in this specific area which is also reflected in the rather low ‘digital literacy’ activity levels in these countries.
While national government activities (where they occur) and those of the ICT industry are also well recognised, our survey has shown that satisfaction with their status of implementation and achievements are lower compared to those of the efforts of the European Commission which leaves substantial room for improvement.
Several national governments still need to reach higher levels of activity and ICT industry should turn to the further development (scalability) and improvement (sustainability) of activities started including for example the
European e-skills and career portal and the e-Skills Industry Leadership Board to act as the key actor at industry level in Europe in this area ».
On 27 October 2010, the European Commission released a Communication entitled « Towards a Single Market Act ». Its overall objective is to propose 50 measures to improve our work, business and exchanges with one another. Three proposals are more specifically related to access to employment and lifelong learning (see pp.24-25 of the document):
Proposal No 33: In 2012 the Commission will propose a legislative initiative to reform the systems for the recognition of professional qualifications, on an evaluation of the acquis in 2011, in order to facilitate the mobility workers and adapt training to current labour market requirements. As this proposal, the possibility of a professional card will be evaluated.
Proposal No 34: The Commission will develop, in cooperation with the Member States, a ‘Youth on the Move card’ helping all young people to move to another Member State to study. It will expand its ‘Youth on the Move’ Internet site by providing information on distance learning and opportunities to study and train in Europe.
Proposal No 35: The Commission will implement the European qualifications framework in partnership with the Member States. It will propose a Council Recommendation to promote and validate training outside
the classroom (non-formal and informal learning). It will also propose the creation of a ‘European Skills Passport’ enabling individuals to record the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their lives. It will establish a bridge between the European Qualifications Framework and the nomenclature of occupations in Europe.
The European Commission adopted on 23 November 2010 its “Agenda for new skills and jobs” in which it outlines ways to ensure that there are enough people with the right education and skills to fill the jobs that will be created in the coming years.
The “Agenda for new skills and jobs” is one of seven flagship initiatives in the framework of the Commission’s 2020 Strategy. According to this new agenda, Member States must increase efforts to help workers learn the skills needed to perform in the high-skilled jobs to be created in growth sectors in the coming years.
The ‘Agenda for New Skills and Jobs’ sets out actions in four areas: the functioning of the labour market, skills, job quality & working conditions and job creation. The agenda proposes 13 specific actions at EU level to be carried out in partnership with governments, social partners and civil society.