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Taking Stock of the Jobs & Skills Discussion

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Submitted by stylianosm on Sat, 2012-06-02 09:06

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.

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Submitted by stylianosm on Sat, 2012-06-02 09:08

Following up on previous discussions, in the second half of May we focused on the transition from formal education into the job market and continuous professional development from the standpoint of the individuals, involved institutions and policy makers.
Herman informed us about international efforts to establish digital student data for mobility and Andrea highlighted the challenge of young workers to catch up constantly with new knowledge and technology. That lead to Miguel & Thierry’s notion to establish closer links between Corporate Social Responsibility with re-training and upskilling. Ian offered data on companies that do just that. David took the discussion further asking for ways to facilitate mass skills creation.
There we launched the open e-quest #2 to crowd-source, detect champions and vote for the best practices of ICT-based job creation.
On the job market & policy side, Juan introduced the Telecenters concept for learning, innovation and entrepreneurship, we have monitored OECD’s ‘sister’ strategy launch on jobs and skills and we started researching on the feasibility of Denmark’s flexicurity scheme.
Finally, we started discussing how ICT transform business; trends such as cloud-computing, virtual factories and mass customization will (re)shape the the IT sector and the manufacturing industry and in general the workplace of the future.

Many thanks to all the active participants. As the Digital Agenda Assembly approaches, we have the challenge to convert stimulating discussions into concrete policy suggestions and solutions for the benefit of European citizens!

Let's continue on this path!

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Submitted by njeans on Sun, 2012-06-03 16:35

Talking about the gap between the shortage of ICT skilled workforce and the high supply of young Europeans in search of a job, the irony is that a high proportion of unemployed youth have plenty of IT skills. The trick is to give the young people a way of demonstrating their IT skills and showing how these are relevant skills for work. In my project (www.makingITpersonal.eu) we make it easy for young people to volunteer as ‘Digital Outreach Trainers’ (DOTs) because they don’t have to commit to working at a set time or place. They choose who to help, when and where. All they then have to do is record the help they gave in an online diary.
With the help of an e-mentor, they can improve their mentoring skills, adjusting the advice they give according to the needs of the individual trainee. They can then get accreditation which has helped some into Higher Education and others into full-time work. Sometimes just being able to explain the voluntary help they’ve given is enough to persuade an employer to offer a job.

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Submitted by stylianosm on Wed, 2012-06-06 15:19

Thank you Nick for the interesting information. Some questions for you:
- What is profile of the volunteers?
- How many people have become DOTs?
- How do occasions to help appear?

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Submitted by mpailthorp on Fri, 2012-06-08 18:21

And would like to know more about this statement too:

They can then get accreditation which has helped some into Higher Education and others into full-time work. Sometimes just being able to explain the voluntary help they’ve given is enough to persuade an employer to offer a job.

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