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.

Help us shaping European qualification profiles for jobs in the field of Internet-related services

The EQF-iServe project aims at making qualifications and current competence needs of internet-related services jobs roles transparent at European level by linking them to the European reference framework e-Competence Framework and EQF. The project partnership focused on 5 job roles in the field of internet related services and elaborated the following 5 European Specialist Profiles: Usability specialist, Internet Hotline Operator, Online community manager, Web marketer and Web seller.

Now we would like to validate the results obtained within our project by getting your feedback on those European Specialist Profiles!. If you are interested please fill in this questionnaire and hep us shaping the job profiles.

These five profiles include all relevant knowledge, skills and competences, needed for the proposed job profiles and refer them to the eCompetence framework and EQF. This will help to render existing qualifications in this field more transparent and comparable at European level which eventually will lead to easier employability of job seekers, and to overcome the skills shortage that SMEs experience in this area.

Furthermore, EQF-iServe supports training organizations to develop training curricula that correspond to the market needs and that are based on emerging knowledge, skills and competences description standards that guarantee comparability across Europe. In trying to bridge the gap between the educational world and work, it contributes to the goals set in the policy paper « New skills for new jobs ».

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Cloud computing entering the job descriptions of a range of non-IT positions

The last findings from Wanted Analytics show an enormous surge of cloud computing-related hiring over the last three months of 2011. During this time, employers and staffing firms placed more than 10,000 job ads that included requirements for cloud computing skills and experience. More than 2,400 companies posted job ads during this 90-day period and hiring demand grew 61% year-over-year.

Computer Specialists and Programmers are most commonly required to have cloud computing experience. However, as cloud-based software increasingly impacts additional areas of business, other fields are more commonly required to understand and work with cloud-based applications. Other jobs that most often include these skills in job ads include Marketing Managers, Sales Managers, Customer Service Representatives, and Cargo and Freight Agents.

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What skills do you need for a Green ICT Job?

The new Green IT node project investigates the needed skills and competences for green ICT jobs. The project started in November 2011 and address the shortage of skilled professionals in the Green IT field. During the 24 months of the project, Green IT node  will analyse the market needs, the existing trainings available for the different components and competences, and define a professional standard in the participating European countries. 

Green IT node will develop European specialist profiles that are in compliance with the principles of the European metaframeworks EQF/e-CF and ECVET as well as guidelines for developing/setting-up further vocational training measures for Green ICT jobs. The expected impact will allow for comparable skills sets for these professions of the future which supports the European labour market and tus, the employability of professionals while at the same time contributing to one of the major challenges of Europe 2020.
Green IT node is funded by Lifelong Learning programme of the European Commission.

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14 new e-Job descriptions to improve training offers in EU

The e-Jobs Observatory platform now includes a new section on e-Jobs Profiles to provide information about ongoing work on e-jobs descriptions. The sections contains descriptive information about each job profile as well as the option to comment it. You can find here below the names of the first 14 new e-Job descrptions:

  • Digital animator /2D-3D specialist
  • Digital Media Designer
  • e-Learning Designer
  • Internet e-Comerce specialist
  • Internet Hotline Operator
  • Online Community Manager
  • Usability specialist
  • Webmaster
  • Web and multimedia master
  • Web content manager
  • Web content / multimedia developer
  • Web designer
  • Web Marketer
  • Web Seller

The profiles have been generated by the following initiatives:

-The EQF-Code project. The EQF-Code project aims at transferring and applying the European Qualification Framework and e-Competence Framework to Multimedia professions in the field of Content Development.
-The EQF i-Serve project. The EQF i-Serve project aims at helping training organizations to develop trainings that correspond to the needs of the industry and are based on emerging knowledge, skills and competences description standards that guarantee comparability across Europe. The profiles are based on the e-Competence Framework of CEN.
-The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) under the EUCIP programme. EUCIP creates confidence in a pan-European skills standard for ICT Professionals, helps to close the IT skills gap, and increases the labour market value of certified practitioners.
CompTIA TechCareer Compass, a worldwide Information Technology (IT) repository for resources critical in attracting, training and developing properly skilled IT workers.

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Improving training offers for Web Marketers, Web Sellers, Usability Specialists, Online Community Managers and Internet Hotline Operators across EU

The e-Jobs Observatory platform now includes a section on e-Jobs Profiles to provide information about ongoing work on e-jobs descriptions. The first five profiles have been generated by the EQF i-Serve project, and are based on the e-Competences Framework of CEN.
The page is work in progress and more e-jobs profiles will be added in the near future. You are invited to comment on the profiles.


Belgium announces 8000 unfilled jobs in ICT

According to Agoria, the Belgian high tech employers’ federation, nearly 8000 jobs are currently vacant in the ICT segment which employs 150.500 country-wide, 15.000 more than 5 years ago.

The profiles most sought after are business ICT-analyst & consultant (2.080 job vacancies), ICT-sales & marketing representatives (1.350), infrastructure analyst & architect (1.340), webdesigners or web developers (810). To fill these vacancies, Agoria is looking into all options, including the re-training of older workers.

Sources: AgoriaTrends Tendances

EQF-CODE releases final European Specialist Profiles of eContent development professions

The EQF-CODE Leonardo project released a set of European Specialist Profiles for 5 eContent professions:

  • web designer
  • web content / multimedia developer
  • digital animator / 2D-3D specialist
  • webmaster
  • web content manager

The profiles can be downloaded here.

The main objectives of the EQF Code initiative was to bring more transparency and comparability into e-Content development qualifications at European level. In order to achieve this goal, the project had to work with the IT-specific e-Competence Framework (eCF) and the European Qualification Framework (EQF).

Reference Material on the Methodology used in the project and Guidelines for the development of training curricula on eContent professions are also available for download on the project’s website.

Comments from interested parties are welcome!