Towards a European Quality Label for ICT Industry Training and Certifications

On 24 January 2013 the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union opened its doors to welcome leading stakeholders in the field of e-Skills, who discussed how industry-based training and certification can contribute to reduce ICT skills shortages and unemployment. Solutions for achieving greater clarity and orientation support through the ICT education and training landscape together with latest data on ICT skills demand and supply developments and forecasts (2012 – 2020) were presented.
Highlight of the conference was the presentation of a proposal for a pan-European quality label by Terry Hook, Managing Director of Clock-IT-Skills and member of the founding team that created the European e-competence framework. Furthermore, the first prototype of an online support tool for ICT practitioners and stakeholders such as human resources managers was demonstrated.

e-Skills highlighted in EU « Innovation Union » strategy paper

On page 10 of its new innovation strategy for 2010-20, « Innovation Union », the European Commission announces:

« In 2011, the Commission will propose an integrated framework for the development and promotion of e-skills for innovation and competitiveness, based on partnerships with stakeholders. This will be based on supply and demand, pan-European guidelines for new curricula, quality labels for industry-based training and awareness-raising activities ».