Is networking more important than knowledge in Germany?

Manchmal es ist nicht unbedingt, was man weiß, sondern wen man kennt … dies gilt insbesonders für Jungunternehmer, vor allem im Internet- und Start-up-Bereich. Mehr zu lesen in dem Zeit-Artikel « Wo Deutschlands Gründerzentren sind ».

Trad: Sometimes it is not necessarily « what » you know but « who » you know… This applies in particular for young entrepreneurs, especially in the Internet and start-up areas. To read more see the article in the Zeit « Where are Germany’s business incubators. » in German.

Green and smart: ICT jobs for tomorrow

Data centres and other ICT infrastructures are increasingly vital for all sectors of the economy, and green growth strategies will require people capable of both greening ICT itself and helping ICT to make other activities greener. ICT skills and employment: New competences and jobs for a greener and smarter economy (the OECD report mentioned above) argues that promoting ICT skills in the green and smart economy pays a double dividend by encouraging job creation and accelerating the transition to green growth.
The jobs wouldn’t just be in the sector itself. Employment in the ICT industry and employment of ICT specialist skills each accounts for up to 5% of total employment in OECD countries, but ICT intensive-users account for more than 20% of all workers in all branches. A car mechanic I know told me that when he started working 30 years ago, the first thing you did when a car came in to the repair shop (apart from telling the client it was a big job and would be ready on Tuesday) was to get your hands dirty poking around the engine or jacking it up, whereas now you start by plugging it in to a computer. And hundreds of other jobs across the whole skills range now need knowledge of ICT as well.

ProInterNet (PIN) project: Greek experts discuss about the future of Internet related Jobs

The current interview is a discussion between two experts I. Marinou and I. Kostopoulos as a continuation of the first Round table of the ProInterNet (PIN) project, which took place in Patras, Greece on March 2011. The main aim of this meeting was to allow the interaction among the main key stakeholders or key players in the area of e-Jobs and internet related jobs, to share knowledge, practical experience and market needs in order to obtain direct feedback from them as well as to gather a compendium of recommendations to the stakeholders based on the brain-storming and information exchange during the meeting.

In the video the two experts, I. Marinou director of the Greek Man Power Employment Organization (OAED) in Patras and I. Kostopoulos ICT consultant in the Municipality of Patras, have given the definition of the internet industry and perceiving it as industry and they talk about its current dimension. Moreover, they outline their views on future needs, based on their experience, make suggestions about what can be done to improve the situation in the internet related job market, an issue of general discussion also on a public organization level.

ProInterNet (PIN) ( is a network project that will contribute to key objectives of Leonardo as defined in policy documents, such as the Treaty of Copenhagen. In particular, the project is to improve transparency, information systems and guidance on skills and qualifications for professions Internet at European level. The main aim of the project is the creation of the European Thematic Network for the internet professions and their related needs.
The activities planned by the project PIN will improve employability, reduce skill shortages in the EU labor market, improve the quality of Vocational Education – Training and will make Vocational Education – Training in ICT transparent and comparable at European level. Therefore it will benefit all target groups that involves in the web project. With the involvement of all related entities, outside the pool, in all phases of the project will reach critical mass that will allow continued cooperation at the network level. One of the project activities is to organize roundtables for exchange knowledge and to create a level-playing ground for future activities of the network. The project is receiving 75% for its funding from the European Lifelong Learning program. Ten partners from 8 European countries are participating in the project. Greece is representing by the Hellenic Open University through the participation of Educational Content, Technology and Methodology Laboratory directed by Assistant Professor Achilles Kameas.