« Jobs for Europe: Sectors with high job-creation potential »

The Commission held a major conference on employment policy, under the title « Jobs for Europe« , on 6-7 September 2012.

 »Jobs for Europe: The Employment Policy Conference – Sectors with high job-creation potential » is the summary report of that conference, within which, the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as determinants of competitiveness is outlined. 

According to the report, ICT is a sector where the lack of skilled workforce (the « ICT skills gap ») is the most acute. Therefore, acquiring, developing and maintaining ICT skills is vital in becoming and remaining employable. 

Moreover, it is one of the sectors of Europe’s economy that has been expanding even during the economic crisis: the number of ICT practitiones has been growing at around 3% a year. If currents trends continue, by 2015 there will be 700,000 unfilled vacancies in the EU for ICT practitiones.

Europe leads the way of green initiatives worldwide!

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has released a report – Seven Climate Change Lessons from the Cities of Europe -analysing the responses from the 22 European cities that replied to its global information request. The report concludes that European cities have had an impact on global climate change efforts. One reason is that the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, an organisation of cities dedicated to reducing GHG emissions, currently counts 17 member cities in Europe, more than in any other region of the world. Green ICT

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Europe opens to the challenge of Qualified Training in ICT sector

Last December the European partners of 5 countries met in Genova (Italy) to kick off the Leonardo Da Vinci Project Vet QI (Vocational and Educational Training Quality in the ICT sector). The challenge is to elaborate on the  European quality parameters of  training for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the  Information and Communication Technology sector.
The partnership composed by, Dispos (Italy), Eurofortis (Latvia), MPS (France) , IPF (Spain) and WSBINOZ (Poland) and led by For s.a.s (Italy) is motivated to work  and produce a Quality Control System allowing the SMEs’ staff to be more competitive and in the same conditions of large companies, that have already developed high standard quality systems for training. The aim  is to develop innovative methods for Vet operators on the basis of the confrontation with market needs, stakeholders’ perspectives and European policies about quality in VET.  These themes are all increasingly focused by European policies and are summed up in the EQAVET  European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training descriptors, that have been considered as a source of inspiration for the project design.
This is the start for a new  challenge  aimed at spreading the culture of qualified training in Europe.

Action plan for doubling the volume of e-commerce in Europe by 2015

The Commission has adopted a Communication presenting 16 targeted initiatives aiming to boost e-commerce from its current levels of 3.4% of total retail sales  to 7% by 2015. The plan places emphasis on strengthening a single harmonized framework for e-commerce and other commercial online services and proposes an action plan to remove  five main obstacles to the Digital Single Market:

– the supply of legal, cross-border online services is still inadequate;
– there is not enough information for online service operators or protection for internet users;
– payment and delivery systems are still inadequate;
– there are too many cases of abuse and disputes that are difficult to settle;
– insufficient use is made of high-speed communication networks and hi-tech solutions.

To face up this reality new competences and skills will be needed for e-Commerce related jobs.

What are the main future jobs in the e-commerce field? Comment below!

DigiPen Institute of Technology Opens its First Campus in Europe

The Bilbao Chamber of Commerce and DigiPen Institute of Technology (USA) is opening a branch campus in Bilbao dedicated to growing innovation in the video game and animation industries.

The campus will provide an innovative and rigurous educational experience in the following degree programmes: Bachelor of Science in Real Time Interactive Simulation and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Production Animation. Its purpose is to promote and develop the advancing video game and digital media sectors in Spain and throughout Europe.

It is hoped that the launch of DigiPen in Europe will foster connections and relationships with industry-leading multinationals, which in turn, will encourage innovation, enterprise, as well as research and development, in Bilbao, the Basque Country, and surrounding areas. This growth in the video game, digital imaging and communication industries, will be propelled by a well-educated and qualified workforce, and will help develop Bilbao into a European leader of the digital simulation industry.

DigiPen Institute of Technology was the first school in the world to offer a Bachelor’s degree in game education, and it is committed providing an exemplary education and furthering research in digital media and interactive computer technologies. Through the work of its students, faculty and staff, DigiPen strives to empower and inspire the industry around the globe. Currently, DigiPen has a campus in Redmond, WA, USA and another in Singapore.

The first e-Jobs Observatory newsletter out!

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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Eurobarometer reveals that ‘soft’ skills are just as valued by employers as sector-specific and computer-related skills

A new Europe-wide survey among employers shows that, when it comes to graduate recruitment, Employers value teamwork, adaptability, communication and language skills as much as sector-specific and computer skills. In this survey over 7,000 European companies were asked which skills and capabilities they find important when recruiting higher education graduates, and significant numbers of employers questioned said that the ability to work well in a team (98%), to adapt to new situations (97%), communication skills (96%), and knowledge of foreign languages (67%) were important when recruiting for their companies. Almost 50% of companies with considerable international business identified knowledge of foreign languages as the most important skill for the future.
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: « These results clearly show that employers value a wide mix of specific and broad-based skills. The Commission’s new initiatives, Youth on the Move and New Skills and Jobs, are focused on helping Europeans to identify and gain the qualifications and skills required in the job market. We are committed to supporting Member States’ efforts to improve higher and vocational education, as well as promoting opportunities for study and work abroad. This experience gives young people the very skills that employers appreciate most. »

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Seal of e-Excellence

The e-Jobs Observatory is supported by the largest cluster of SMEs in ICT.

For more than 9 years,  the cluster headed by EMF has awarded the European Seal of e-Excellence to promote the marketing of innovation in the ICT and digital media sector across Europe and worldwide.
The Seal of e-Excellence Award Ceremony will take place at CEBIT, in Hanover on 1 March 2011.
This year 3 special seals will be awarded: « Green ICT », « Language Technologies », « Latin America ».

Applications for the European Seal of e-Excellence  are open at http://www.seal-of-excellence.org/