The Commission held a major conference on employment policy, under the title « Jobs for Europe
« , on 6-7 September 2012.
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.
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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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.
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 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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While the EU as a whole continues to face record levels of unemployment, some member states are seeing growing levels of demand for labour, and recent reports reveal significant increases in the numbers of agency workers and part-time jobs. See article in EurActiv.
The European Information Technology Observatory (EITO) has released a press information on the current situation in the global ICT Industry. The following link directs you to this press release:
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/