The Supporting Active Ageing through Training (SAATT) project involves EU partners

The Supporting Active Ageing through Training (SAATT) project involves partners in four EU countries: Italy, Greece, Finland and the UK. The focus of project is to develop and deliver a training package that will inform workers and TU representatives about issues and problems facing ageing employees and best practice in meeting those needs. 
The training will have two key strands:
– Strand 1 is workplace focused and will enable TU reps to identify key issues affecting older workers, and effectively negotiate AAP policy. This strand will be adopted and delivered by TUs after the action.
– Strand 2 has an individual focus and will help older workers to prepare for retirement in considering issues of flexible working, health, welfare, diet. This strand will be delivered in partnership between TUs and employers after the action.

Pan-European Forum on Media Pluralism and New Media

The new media revolution seems to have overturned many old certainties. But is the technological change matched by fundamental shifts of power and influence, or will the traditional big players continue to wield vast influence? Do the new media contribute to, or undermine, a pluralistic public sphere? Do new technologies overcome bottlenecks related to traditional media – do they create new information gatekeepers? The event will offer a forum to discuss opportunities and risks for media pluralism resulting from new media. It takes place in the European Parliament and will bring together politicians, traditional and new media, academics, NGOs, judges and leaders from the music, film and book industries. Deadline for registration is 12 June.
The event will focus on media diversity with an emphasis on the new media:
–  Does the new media contribute to, or undermine, a pluralistic public sphere?
– Do new technologies overcome bottlenecks related to traditional media or do they create new information gatekeepers?
– Should existing media ownership regulations for traditional media be relaxed, or extended to new media?
– How have industries, such as music, books and film, faced the challenges presented by the new media?
– Is there a need for diversity obligations on online on-demand media and can they be imposed?
– Should the EU take an initiative in ownership regulation in this era of globalization?
– How do we assess the role of publicly funded media, specifically public service broadcasters (PSBs), but also, where relevant, subsidized press and online operations?
Brussels Hemicycle Debating Chamber, Place du Luxembourg/Luxembourg station
27 June 2012, 09.30-18.00

EU : ICT is one of the 3 areas with the biggest job potential in the future

« Job creation must become a real European priority » said László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. While unemployment is hitting records across the 27 EU member states, European Commission presents a set of measures to boost jobs. It also identifies ICT as one of the 3 areas with the biggest job potential in the future. « All together, the green economy, the health and new technology sectors will create more than 20 millions of jobs in the years to come. Member States need to seize these opportunities, mobilize existing resources and stimulate their labour market in close cooperation with the social partners. » said Barroso. In pratical terms, members states are encourage hiring by reducing taxes on labour or supporting business start-ups more. The employment package aims to create a genuine EU labour market to restore growth and to face major structural changes and includes proposals such as :
– Exploit the big job potential areas for the future such as the green economy where 20 million jobs could be created between now and 2020 and to include green employment into their’ National Job Plans, strengthening green skills intelligence
– Support an increase in highly qualified ICT labour and promote digital skills across the workforce.
– To improve the matching of jobs with job-seekers, the package proposes to transform the EURES job seeker portal into a true European placement and recruitment tool and foresees (as of 2013) innovative online self-service applications to provide users instantly with a clear geographical mapping of European job offers.

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.

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

Small companies create 85% of new jobs

According to study from the European Union , SME are responsible of the net creation of 85% of employment inside the EU between 2002 and 2010. Anual growth in SME is 1% and 0.5 % in large companies. This also confirm that 2 on 3 jobs are done in SME (67 %) Small companies under 10 empoyees develop more the employment than any other group. Salaries and security is lower in SME than in large companies.
This is why it is absolutly needed to think about SME in vocational training! at the moment as the studies show that mainly jobs profiles and training courses are developped on large companies models.
All work done by e-jobs observatory take in account the SME training needs as well than for large companies.

To have a look on professional functions profiles for e-jobs, have a look on this page !
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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

e-Skills in the 21st Century

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 ».

New EU plans for employment and lifelong learning

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.

New European agenda to promote skills for future jobs

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.

Visit the « New skills for new jobs » portal – Download the “Agenda for new skills and jobs”