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.
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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 ».
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.
Using the IT Professional Standards , the tool helps to benchmark the skill levels and to create an IT Professional Profile. Once the profile is create it allows to share the online profile or find high quality online learning to develop a career.
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.
It is becoming clear that all organizations adopting (or considering to adopt) the cloud, whether public or private, acknowledge this technology as a tool for better management. In other words, cloud computing is not just regarded as a way to cut costs and access new resources and processes, but also as a transformative tool by which business strategies, business models, competition and innovation can be improved and qualitatively changed.
Europe, and the skills challenge
Identifying and mastering the most profitable aspects of cloud computing will require the development of specific skills at all levels of public and private organizations. Such skills will include for example the ability to think strategically across platforms, sectors and functions. It will also include a distinct capacity to identify new opportunities by which existing comparative advantages can be leveraged through cloud computing. This calls for innovative and curious minds that are able to spot relevant experiences from other firms, other sectors and other countries.
Can European businesses and public entities identify and mobilize such skills in the short run? If they do not already have them on board, how can they attract and keep them? How can private business, universities and governments cooperate to generate them? Thus are some of the questions that will need to be addressed rapidly, imaginatively and decisively if cloud computing is to fully play its role as a competitiveness booster and as a game changer in Europe, as it has started to do in other parts of the world.
By: Bruno Lanvin , Executive Director, eLab, INSEAD
-a European Framework for ICT Professionalism with the goal of enhancing ICT professionalism and mobility across Europe,
-a European Training Programme for ICT managers to promote new competences with a view to better address the challenges of ICT driven innovation and the future Internet.
The European Commission Directorate General Enterprise and Industry launched the project « e-Skills and ICT Professionalism » with the aim of supporting the development of a European Framework for ICT Professionalism, and a European Training Programme for ICT Managers, with the goal of improving ICT professionalism and mobility across Europe. This synthesis report marks the halfway point of pioneering research which is due to be completed in January 2012 and also signifies the end of Phase I of the project.
The Games week is great place to discover the opportunities this dynamic industry offer as well as to learn about appropriate training to get a job such as game designer, 2D/3D designer, animator, programmer or community manager. The main training institutions (schools or universities) will welcome visitors in a dedicated area of the Paris Expo Hall 3.