Taking Stock of the Jobs & Skills Discussion
At the start, five major relevant topics & areas of discussion of the Working Group were defined and offered as real challenges and e-quests for motivated people and institutions to address:
1. Mapping & bridging the supply & demand gap in Europe
2. Good practices & initiatives that lead to jobs
3. Preparing & setting-up an effective multi-stakeholder partnership for Europe, Youth & Employment
4. Challenges & roadblocks
5. Innovative approaches to e-skills & training for employment and new jobs
At the beginning of the discussion, Filippo, Ilse and Pasquale informed us about interesting e-inclusion and ICT job profile mapping initiatives. Katarzyna challenged us to locate proper learning spaces and long-term digital literacy policies. Then the discussion focused on ways to bridge the skills gap & address the job market demand. Ian presented a practical way for e-skills self-assessment. Frits made the important point that we need a professional ICT skills framework and to study and learn from global best practices. Alex started a heated debated about life-long learning and the adoption of new skills in relation with age. Andrea posted a practical tool for mapping e-skills initiatives around Europe. Finally, Andrea and Thierry provided dramatic data about the existence of the massive skills gap in the market while unemployment is on the rise.