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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Teaching of computer science in UK lacks relevance

The teaching of computer science must become more relevant to modern needs, said the government. The UK government said the current teaching of IT was « insufficiently rigorous and in need of reform ». This impression results from an industry report investigating technology teaching in the UK. The report was published in October and criticised current ICT classes as those tended to aim at conveying how to use software instead of writing it. As a consequence, a major task would be to investigate ways to tempt good teachers of computer science into schools.

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: http://www.guardian.co.uk]

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IT Professional profiling tool

The National Skills Academy, led by e-Skills UK, has launched the beta version of the IT Professional profiling tool . The applications is a free on-line tool allows people evaluate their professional skills against an agreed industry benchmark – the IT Professional Standards.

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.


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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.

Cloud computing, transforming the game in Europe?

Cloud computing has all the ingredients of a true revolution in the way business, governments and individuals handle information. Yet, contrary to most of the revolutions that preceded it, it lacks the ability to provide a real object that would symbolize it. The invention of the printing press produced books, then came automobiles, telephones, televisions, transistors, computers. All could be seen, touched and visualized. Cloud computing has to do with invisible flows (data) and processes because it is independent from the equipment and platforms it involves therefore it is much more difficult to describe, explain, and promote.
A perfect storm?

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

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Report on ICT Professionalism and Training Programmes for ICT Managers in Europe

In the context of the e-Skills and ICT Professionalism project, CEPIS and the Innovation Value Institute (IVI) have published a synthesis report on « State of play regarding ICT Professionalism and Training Programmes for ICT Managers in Europe”. The objective of the research initiative is to support the development of:

-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.

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Discover the opportunities of the Game Industry at the Paris Game Week!

The sixth edition of the Paris Game Week will take place at Paris Expo Hall 3 from 21 to 25 October 2011.

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.

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