Germany’s still struggling to get into the online education market

Periodically, I simply like to look for jobs in Germany. Not that I need one, but for projects in which I am involved, it is always interesting to see what is available, especially in regard to the various project foci. This time it was e-Jobs, like those whose profiles are being developed in the e-Virtue Project. Being located in Germany, however, I’m particularly interested in how the job market is developing in this sector, especially since the Germany economy, according to its politicians at least, is booming.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed again. I found listings for content developers, for example, in Germany, but at an English site, jobspotting.com. And I stumbled over a couple of online-language-teaching jobs at the German Craiglist site. Needless to say, this is a bit thin.

It would seem that both the Brits and the Americans are still leading the way in this field. Not only are wanted-ads more readily available and more easily accessible, there is a wealth of additional information available for people who are looking to perhaps get back into work or to change their career fields. One example, which I found particularly interesting was a site for work-at-home moms who might be interested in working even part-time. The information regarding the instructional designer was a good place to start thinking about possibilities, to say the least.

It is truly time for the German e-learning sector to get on board. If career information and job or career opportunities are to be found, they should, at a minimum, be found online.

« Make it in Germany »: 28,000 job vacancies in the German IT industry

« Make it in Germany » – this is the name of the recently started skilled workers initiative of the German government. By applying five pillars (« activation », « compatability of family & job », « education opportunities for everyone », « qualification », and « integration »), a qualitative basis of skilled workers shall be ensured for the future. BITKOM (Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media) also welcomes this initiative as they identified 28,000 job vacancies in the German IT-Industry at the moment.

More information about this initiative : http://www.fachkraefte-offensive.de/DE/Startseite/start.html and http://www.bitkom.org/72406_72398.aspx (Accessed: 12/06/2012)

Green ICT in Germany : 300.000 direct jobs per year

The building renovation programme for energy efficiency in Germany has already mobilised €100 billion in investments, reducing energy bills, avoiding carbon dioxide emissions and creating around 300,000 direct jobs per year, according to a new report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The drive for revamping Europe’s building stock has already had a profound impact on employment even if much remains to be done to fulfil the promise of green jobs, experts warn.
Speaking at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Leterme said the shift to green jobs will not happen without a related effort to adapt workers’ skills and training.
« Green skills appear to be hugely needed, » he said. « But there is no need to reinvent the wheel, » Leterme added. « Most of the green skills that new market entrants will require can be met through incremental enrichment of educational and training programmes. » Experts in the property management sector confirmed that the jobs market for green skills was still largely underdeveloped. “There is a lack of professionalism in Europe,” said Laura Lindberg, Public Relations Manager for global property professional body RICS. “It is extremely important…to take into consideration what we have – a lack of skills and professional training which needs to be better understood,” Lindberg added.
“There is interest out there, but I don’t think people are rushing for it, they are being cautious at this time. There is a trust issue,” said Martin Russel of RICS London.
He added, however, that on balance, the market in Europe for energy efficiency accreditation has been picking up and as long as there is enough demand there will also be an economic rationale for professionals to regain their appetite.

Foundation of the Institute for Internet and Society

Hosted by three leading academic institutions in Germany, including Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin University of the Arts and the Social Science Research Center Berlin, and in close collaboration with the Hans-Bredow-Institute in Hamburg, the institute will bring together leading academics to engage in innovative research focusing on questions of Internet innovation, Internet policy, information and media law and global constitutionalism. The institute is meant as an enabling environment for an open debate and fruitful discussion of the many questions arising from the leading role that new technologies play in the context of the global information society.
Source: http://www.internetundgesellschaft.de/ (can also be assessed for further information)

German Gaming Industry Revenues Surpass Music and Cinema

Gaming industry revenues in Germany have overtaken both the music industry and cinema-going. Taking in EUR 1.86 billion in 2010 with growth rates of 6 percent, Germany is turning heads in a segment long dominated by countries like Japan, Korea and the USA. And with Germany’s economy buzzing along despite global economic turbulence, start-up hotspots like Berlin are drawing increasing attention. Germany Trade & Invest will be on hand at this year’s Gamescom from August 17-21 in Cologne to share the latest opportunities in Germany’s thriving gaming industry.

“Game developers and publishers find outstanding investment conditions in Germany. With a domestic market of 23 million gamers along with internationally-minded and affordable programmers and software developers, companies can serve the German, European, and broader international markets from one location,” said Henri Troillet, gaming industry expert at Germany Trade & Invest in Berlin.

Industry trends worldwide have seen a shift away from PCs and consoles and an increase in mobile, online and browser-based games. Distribution channels have also been upended in recent years, with online and in-app purchases increasing significantly. With such large changes underway, the industry has become fragmented and thereby attractive for start-ups. In Germany, the combination of a world-class IT infrastructure, strong education system and the country’s growing appeal for international developers has created a ripe situation for start-ups and companies to invest.

Source: http://www.gtai.com/homepage/info-service/press-releases/jul-aug-11/german-gaming-industry-revenues-surpass-music-and-cinema/?backlink=Back%20to%20previous%20page

The Information and Communications Technology Industry in Germany

Germany Trade & Invest is the foreign trade and inward investment agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. The organization advises and supports foreign companies seeking to expand into the German market, and assists companies established in Germany looking to enter foreign markets. In a recent study, Germany Trade & Invest analysed the economic development and significance of the German ICT industry. The report (as a PDF document) can be downloaded here.