Greta Bretagne Sud reçoit le Label d’Excellence de l’Observatoire International des Métiers du Web

Le Label d’Excellence de l’Observatoire International des Métiers du Web a été décerné à Greta Bretagne Sud lors de la conférence « Impact des technologies web sur l’activité commerciale des entreprises et évolution des compétences ». François Adoue, directeur de l’Observatoire, a salué le travail d’équipe remarquable des formateurs du Greta et les a qualifié de fer de lance de la compétence TIC en Bretagne, seconde région de France en matière de Technologie de l’Information et de la Communication.

Pixelgyar has been labeled by the e-Jobs Observatory platform

Pixelgyar Ltd. is composed of a team of designers and developers focused on Facebook marketing, mobile apps and web design. The Webdesign courses started 2011 january and it is evolving every month.  
Pixelgyar is certificated, gives quality courses, and actives e-professional networks.

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Sustainable growth: for a resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy

The EC and Member States are investing dramatically to overcome the economical crisis and ensure that its economy grows again. In this sense, the EU needs to improve its productivity and competitiveness. It must  maintain its early lead in green solutions, especially in the face of growing competition from China and North America. EU targets for sustainable growth include:
– Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared to 1990 levels by 2020. The EU is prepared to go further and reduce by 30% if other developed countries make similar commitments and developing countries contribute according to their abilities, as part of a comprehensive global agreement.
– Increasing the share of renewable in final energy consumption to 20%.
– Moving towards a 20% increase in energy efficiency including in a key sector such as ICT.

Cloud Computing will generate 14 Million Jobs By 2015

According to a recent article published
by the Forbes Magazine, Cloud computing will potentially
generate at least 14 million new jobs across the globe within the next three
years. Moreover, these new jobs may likely be in many areas outside of IT.
Those findings come from new research
conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC)
 and sponsored by Microsoft Corp.,
looking at the economic benefits of cloud computing in the years ahead. A
couple of months back, a Microsoft-underwritten study by the London School of
Economics projected substantial job growth in two industries: smartphones and
aerospace.

Europe is developing cross-border eHealth services

The European Health Insurance Card is being used in epSOS, a pilot project co-financed by the European Commission, which aims at developing cross-border eHealth services to improve the quality and safety of healthcare for citizens travelling to another European country.
The project consists in developing an eHealth framework and ICT infrastructure that enable secure access to patient health information among different European healthcare systems. This includes making patients’ medical records (Patient summary) available electronically and using cross-border electronic prescriptions (ePrescription). The European Health Insurance Card is being tested in the project as one of the tools for identifying patients. It allows holders to provide health professionals with the identification data they need to access the patient’s electronic medical record or prescriptions when seeking healthcare in participating epSOS pilot countries – whether as tourists, business travellers, commuters or exchange students, for example. (…) »
Europe is also funding project such as CompAAL that aims to develop qualification profiles for jobs in Ambient-Assisted Living or AAL. AAL specialist skills are needed in many professions, in which the job requirements have changed under these fast-evolving technologies. New skills profiles have to be set-up for professionals from various backgrounds, for example architects building AAL compatible homes, staff of ambulatory home care, and most of all IT specialists in order to enable them to design AAL systems and interfaces, to manage interoperability, as well as to create, manage and moderate social networks.

Shortage of ICT workers in many European companies

Europe is facing an “alarming” unemployment level and paradoxically, a shortage of information and communications technology workers. Despite of the crisis, employers are actively looking for technologically proficient workers who also have “soft” business skills and specialized knowledge in areas such as digital media. Recruitment agencies identified this new trend : « Since Mai 2011, the number of job offers posted in our category ‘ICT/Software Development’ has reached the highest level from 18 months« , Hugo Stienstra, Monster Benelux.
ICT skills are critical to the global competitiveness of the European economy and Neelie Kroes, VIce-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, has already underlined the importance of sustaining growth in the technology-driven markets of the future. Many workers are increasingly thinking of turning their back on a career in ICT, which requires that educators, employers, government and recruiters act together to deliver an attractive and accessible career pathway.
In according to this need, the e-Jobs Observatory aims at creating a central point of reference for all activities related to research, training, qualifications, standards, norms, certificates and employment in the field of e-Jobs in Europe. We invite you to check out the e-jobs descriptions and provide comments to the authors.
Source : Inside digital media, 2011 Oct.

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.

Shut down or restart?: The way forward for computing in UK schools

The report « Shut down or restart?: The way forward for computing in UK schools » is the outcome of the project « Computing in schools » initiated by the Royal Society in August 2010. The project looked at the way that computing is taught in schools, with support from 24 organisations from across the computing community including learned societies, professional bodies, universities, and industry.

The main findings and recommendations of the project are:
1. The current delivery of Computing education in many UK schools is highly unsatisfactory
2. There is a need to improve understanding in schools of the nature and scope of Computing.
3. Every child should have the opportunity to learn Computing at school, including exposure to Computer Science as a rigorous academic discipline.
4. There is a need for qualifications in aspects of Computing that are accessible at school level but are not currently taught.
5. There is a need for augmentation and coordination of current Enhancement and Enrichment activities to support the study of Computing.
6. Uptake of Computing A-level is hindered by
lack of demand from higher education institutions.

Visit the « Computing in schools » project website
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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.

Distinguish your training organization with the e-Jobs Observatory Label of Excellence

The e-Jobs Observatory Label of Excellence distinguishes training organisations proposing Internet-related trainings corresponding to market needs as observed and defined by the partners of the e-Jobs Observatory.
The e-Jobs Observatory labelisation is an independent, stand-alone process that enables applying training organisations to become involved in and associated with the Observatory’s network of stakeholders who are striving to improve vocational and educational training in ICT throughout Europe.
The purpose of granting the e-Jobs Observatory Label of Excellence is to promote the development of Europe-wide, agreed standards for Internet-related trainings.


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