Distinguish your training organization with the e-Jobs Observatory Label of Excellence

The e-Jobs Observatory Label of Excellence distinguishes training organisations proposing Internet-related trainings corresponding to market needs as observed and defined by the partners of the e-Jobs Observatory.
The e-Jobs Observatory labelisation is an independent, stand-alone process that enables applying training organisations to become involved in and associated with the Observatory’s network of stakeholders who are striving to improve vocational and educational training in ICT throughout Europe.
The purpose of granting the e-Jobs Observatory Label of Excellence is to promote the development of Europe-wide, agreed standards for Internet-related trainings.

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More trainings about e-jobs

Trainings in the field of e-jobs are increasing each day. More and more students are trained in this field, nevertheless on the companies side (specially SME under 20 employees who represent more than 80% of non-public employment ) still express difficulties to recruit employees they need !

Universities and training organisations teach mainly knowledge, which is of course the basics of the work. But in addition, in a recruitment process candidates have to show and to prove that they have more than knowledge ! they have to prove that they can increase the revenue of the company. Key points for recruiting, on the company side is a balance between the « best employee » and the less risked one ! Recruiters make arbitrage between those two main issues ! For that they evaluate things such as team spirit, attention to details and precision, communication and cooperation with members of the team and with custommers and partners. To have, and to show effectivly a « custommer orientation » is decisive according to the results of the studies of the E-jobs-Observatory. More detailled issues are available in french language on Le Cerle Les Echos.

François Adoue
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Mapping Digital Competence: Towards a Conceptual Understanding

Talk of competences is all the rage in the training and education fields, so the introduction of another one may seem like more than enough of a good thing. In an increasingly digital-determined world, however, it is not surprising that « digital competence » has also entered into the vocabulary. But what exactly is « digital competence »? Which concepts and ideas are used to describe it? How should we understand the term? These are the questions which the recently release report, Mapping Digital Competence: Towards a Conceptual Understanding, seeks to answer.

The report, produced by the IS Unit at JRC-IPTS, is the result of a project to develop guidelines for supporting digital competence development in Europe which was launched on the request of DG Education and Culture. The report reviews needs for digital competence, different concepts used to describe and understand it, as well as related policy approaches and measurements. Based on these, it suggests a conceptual model encompassing:

  1. Instrumental knowledge and skills for tool and media usage;
  2. Advanced skills and knowledge for communication and collaboration, information management, learning and problem-solving, and meaningful participation;
  3. Attitudes to strategic skills usage in intercultural, critical, creative, responsible and autonomous ways.
According to the report, instrumental knowledge and skills are a precondition for developing or using more advanced skills. The objective of the conceptual model is to highlight the various knowledge, skill and attitude areas that should be considered when developing digital competence. The proposed structure allows for flexibility and for the concept to be tailored to different target groups of digital competence learners and users.

Author: Kirsti Ala-Mutka
EUR Number: Technical Note: JRC 67075
Publication date: 10/2011

The report can be downloaded at http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pub.cfm?id=4699.

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.

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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UK: Report on Skills for Business

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has released a report on « Skills for Business: more to learn? » that sets out recommendations to help resolve the skills shortage in the UK and improve the employability of the British workforce. The BCC’s research looked at the issues around skills, apprenticeships and training to understand the challenges faced by businesses operating in a labour market dramatically altered by the financial crisis.
One of the main findings shows that the majority of businesses find it hard to recruit the right staff. 45.4% of businesses reported it very or quite difficult to find the right staff member for a position and only 27.8% find it very or quite easy.

John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce comments that « a skilled workforce is fundamental to every successful business in the UK, and developing the capability of our workforce is crucial for economic growth and international competitiveness. Our members recognise the importance of investing in skills and training, even when times are financially hard. Even though the businesses that we surveyed are keen to recruit new staff members and expand, a lack of appropriate skills within the labour pool is limiting business growth. »

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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.


Lack of candidates for e-jobs

According to Marc Simoncini (CEO Meetic, Winamax…) all actors of the neteconomy face a lack of well trained employees, « we have to recruit people from all over the world : Maghreb, Eastern Europe, India, Mongolia… ». Mr Simoncini is one of the founders of a new internet jobs school (EEMI).

Meanwhile, another school, « Sup’Internet », has been created to train Web analysts, Web traffic managers, e-marketers, Web designers, e-business consultants. School fees will be between 5 000 and 9 000 EUR / year.

Martin Villelongue (communication-marketing manager for Michael Page) declares: « There are very few trainings dedicated to internet jobs. There is an important need for specialists in e-jobs ».

Source : Les Echos (France)

ProInternet launches a new network of key players in the area of e-Jobs

The Pro-Internet (PIN) project aims at creating a network of key players in the area of e-Jobs and Internet-related jobs converging around a web 2.0 platform: the e-Jobs Observatory.

Through its activities, PIN hopes to contribute improving the employability of job seekers, reducing the e-skills shortages on the EU labour market, improving the quality of Vocational Education & Training (VET) in the field of e-Jobs and making VET more transparent and comparable at European level.

PIN is a concrete answer to the opportunity indentified by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in its 2008 ICT Report: « ICT skills are an important contribution to growth […] Over 4% of total employment is in ICT specialist occupations, over 20% in intensive ICT-using occupations.[…] ». The PIN partners believe that the opportunity is even larger if one takes into account the knock-on benefits that can be reaped from training a broad section of the workforce in low/medium level ICT and media skills.

At the begining of the second decade of the 21st century, employment opportunities requiring ICT competencies are already plentiful, but vacancies are difficult to fill as qualifications do not match with the requirements of the employers…

The PIN network will contribute to addressing this challenge by fostering better interaction between key stakeholders involving:

  1. industry organisations which have in-depth experience of e-Jobs and Internet-related jobs and direct access to ICT SMEs (suppliers and users of technologies);
  2. VET institutions with a focus on e-Jobs and Internet-related jobs;
  3. relevant public authorities and intermediary organisations.

By a contributing to a better interaction and information exchange, it is expected that all target groups addressed by the network will benefit in their various approaches of the e-Skills gap.

The network will concentrate on state of the art information sharing, notably through the e-Jobs Observatory, a targeted effort to streamline the interaction between employers (particularly SMEs) and VET providers and a number of round-tables and events to gather the various stakeholders.