eCult Profiles and Training Guidelines in 6 languages on-line

The eCult Skills project (co-funded by the LLP programme of the EC) ended on 30 September 2015, and the results are now published on-line and freely accessible. If you are interested in what skills you need to be ready for the digital challenge in cultural heritage, check out our eCult Profiles. If you are a training institution, you might want to read our training guidelines to know how to implement profiles into your curricula to conform with market needs. All profiles and guidelines are available in English, French, German, Greek, Slovenian and Portuguese. If you want to be regularly updated, join the eCult community on our eCult Skills Observatory.

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn: « Knowledge is the currency of the global economy. »

The European Commission has announced the final and biggest ever set of calls for proposals for research under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). In total, €8.1 billion will support projects and ideas that will boost Europe’s competitiveness and tackle issues such as human health, protecting the environment and finding new solutions to growing challenges linked to urbanization and managing waste. The funding – which is open to organizations and businesses in all EU Member States and partner countries – makes up the lion’s share of the EU’s proposed €10.8 billion research budget for 2013. This announcement comes just days after EU leaders emphasized the importance of research and innovation in the Compact for Growth and Jobs.
European Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: « Knowledge is the currency of the global economy. If Europe wants to continue to compete in the 21st century, we must support the research and innovation that will generate growth and jobs, now and in the future. The high level of competition for EU funding makes sure that taxpayers’ money goes to the best projects that tackle issues that concern all of us. »

European e-Skills Week final event, 30 March 2012, Copenhagen

e-Jobs Observatory representants will attend the closing event of the European e-Skills Week 2012 on 30 March in Copenhage. The event will highlight and reward best e-Skills practice observed throughout the campaign and present recommendations to ensure the sustainability of the event. Special attention will be paid to the impact of skills on productivity and growth and on innovation ability.

Venue:  Experimentarium
Address: Tuborg Havnevej 7, DK-2900 Hellerup, Copenhagen
Date:  30 March 2012

e-Jobs Observatory partner international stakeholder of e-Skills week 2012

e-Jobs Observatory partner EMF, is now part of the international stakeholder network of e-Skills week 2012, together with other industry partners, education bodies and public authorities. The European e-Skills Week 2012 is a European campaign focused on showing people how to get jobs through e-skills in the digital age. Building on the success of e-Skills Week 2010, the DG for Enterprise and Industry has again teamed up with DIGITAL EUROPE and European Schoolnet, to drive awareness of the need for e-skills and their benefits. The campaign will deliver an exciting programme of events and activities in more than 30 countries; culminating in a dedicated e-Skills Week between 26 and 30 March 2012.

Multilingualism for jobs mobility, but not only

On November 17, the Council of the European Union issued conclusions on language competences to enhance mobility. In the document the Council not only addresses multilingualism for jobs mobility but also mentions the importance to foster better use of language competences as a mean of increasing the competitiveness of EU business, and especially that of small and medium-sized enterprises. In this context, the Council welcomes the work of the Business Platform for Multilingualism of which EMF is a member of the Steering Committee, and invites the European Commission to further pursue its support and stakeholder initiatives of this kind.

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Internet industry deals well with financial crisis!

Internet industry doesn’t suffer from financial crysis. According to the IAB Adex study, conducted by PwC, the value of the Polish market of online advertising in the first half of 2011 amounted to almost billion zł. It is about a quarter more than in the corresponding period of last year. Video Advertising also increased its strength, as well as the expenditures for product advertising.

Report of the IAB survey conducted by PwC Adex indicates that the value of the online advertising market in Poland in the first half of 2011 amounted to 942 million zł, which – compared to 741 million zł recorded during the first six months of 2010 – is an increase of 201 million zł. Taking into account the results of previous studies it has to be stated that the upward trend in this sector still persists.

Taking into account the structure of Internet advertising the most important channel of advertising is graphics ad with 40% share in the first half of 2011. On the following locations were, respectively: marketing search engines (SEM – 34%), advertisements (18%) and e-mail (7%). All ad types recorded increases.

More specialist IT skills needed among young people in Britain

The IT employment sector is growing five times faster than the UK average. In the next five years some 500,000 new entrants will be needed. However most of these jobs – research analysts, software developers, infrastructure specialists, systems engineers – will demand higher level qualifications and skills.

There are specially real opportunities for young people who are increasingly under-represented in the IT sector. Educational performance will need to radically transform to provide the calibre of entrants required. An overhaul of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) curriculum is required. It is hoped that Behind the Screen, an industry-funded trial of a new computing curriculum, will help to achieve this. Co-opting tech companies on to school governing bodies would promote the sector to young people. [Source:]


Jobs of the future, Microsoft Training and certifying for the Cloud

It has become common to hear about new digital technologies, such as the transition to the “Cloud”, but we do not have to forget about the necessity of qualified people able to manage this kind of technologies.
Don Field, Senior Director of Microsoft Certification programs, talks about the exciting new opportunities that these technologies hold for SME’s and large businesses and the turning point that training platforms can make to equip a well prepared workforce. (Video)

It is important to think ahead and anticipate trends in the workplace in order to prepare the next generation and steer current employees for their future jobs. Microsoft certifications are plotted against a skills roadmap , incorporating new skills for the cloud, that match developments in industry to talent pools. People that have validated skills that are transferable across industries and across boundaries will play a significant role in Europe meeting its goals for 2020.

Qualification mismatch across OECD countries: over-qualified or under-skilled?

Some of the main conclusions of a working paper published in the OECD Employment Outlook 2011 « Right for the Job: over-qualified or under-skilled? » show that:

-Only about 40% of over-qualified workers report feeling mismatched based on their skills and the relationship between under-qualification and under-skilling is even weaker.

-Qualification mismatch and skill mismatch affect wages, job satisfaction and incentives to engage in on-the-job search (i.e. looking for a job while working).

-Policy intervention may be warranted to address a number of issues such as: the mis-investment in education implicit in large numbers of youth leaving school without the skills that employers require; the costs incurred by firms to sort candidates into jobs when qualifications provide bad signals for skills; and the difficulties faced by some specific groups such as job losers and immigrants.

– Policy interventions designed to reduce mismatches require the co-operation of the many different actors involved in generating jobs, imparting and acquiring skills and bringing jobs and workers together: employers, educators, individual workers, central and local governments, public employment services and the social partners.

The paper has been prepared in the context of the New Skills for New Jobs project funded by the European Commission.

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WebTv for Vocational Training (France)

AFPA the main french provider for adult Vocational Training has launched a WebTV

featuring 4 specific channels on jobs, trainings, professionals and a blog.
This WebTv is partially funded by the European Social Fund and local and regional organisations from different regions of France including the French Overseas Territories.
This Webtv is available only in the French language.