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1 ICT SKILLS IN EUROPE S t a t e o f P l a y a n d t h e W a y F o r w a r d André Richier Principal Administrator E-Business, ICT Industry and Services Enterprise and Industry Directorate General European Commission

2 MAJOR MILESTONES 2000 Lisbon European Council and e-Europe 2001 Informal Council on ICT skills, Lulea, Sweden European e-Learning Summit, La Hulpe, Belgium Task Force and Action Plan on Skills and Mobility 2002 Benchmarking Report of the ICT skills Monitoring Group European e-Skills Summit, Copenhagen, Denmark Council Conclusions on ICT and e-business skills 2004 Synthesis Report of the European e-Skills Forum: e-Skills in Europe: Towards 2010 and Beyond European e-Skills 2004 Conference, Thessalonica, Greece

3 EITO SURVEY 2001 An ICT skills shortage equivalent to 1.2 million jobs was identified in Europe in 2000, with a possible increase to 1.5 million in 2003 Europes shortage in e-business skills was estimated at 0.7 million in 2000, growing to 2.2 million in 2003 (24% of total demand)

4 E-BUSINESS WATCH

5 LONG TERM CHALLENGE

6 A COMPLEX ISSUE MANY VARIABLES DEMAND SUPPLY - GDP growth- Demographics - ICT sector growth- Graduate numbers - e-Business- Workforce mobility - e-Government - Immigration / global sourcing - Outsourcing - Women entering ICT sector - Regulation and public initiatives- Education and training -Industry initiatives- e-Learning (flexible, just in -Public/private partnerships time, on demand learning)

7 THE E-SKILLS FORUM Platform for dialogue between stakeholders Four Issue Papers (2004) Supply and demand aspects of e-skills Rapporteur: [Mrs Manninen], Technology Industries of Finland, Career Space and EICTA Managing social change and sustainability Rapporteur: [Mr Skyte], Amicus and UNI-Europa International aspects of e-skills Rapporteur: [Prof. Stucky], University of Karlsruhe and CEPIS Public Private Partnerships Rapporteur: [Mr Lueders], CompTIA and eSCC Final Synthesis Report (September 2004) e-Skills in Europe: Towards 2010 and Beyond

8 MAJOR EVENTS IN 2004 Industry Training and Certifications Workshop (24-25 March 2004, Brussels) organised with Cedefop and eSCC European e-Skills 2004 Conference (20-21 September 2004, Thessalonica) organised with Cedefop, ICT industry and leading stakeholders CEN/ISSS ICT Skills Workshop (December 2004)

9 THE WAY FORWARD (2005) Study on e-skills supply and demand and foresight scenarios in cooperation with OECD, Cedefop, Eurostat and other relevant Commission services Development of a long-term approach and clarifying the implications of global sourcing Communication on the competitiveness of the ICT sector followed by an Action Plan Network of European Experts (January 2005) and Advisory Group European e-Skills 2005 Conference

10 EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK Towards the development of a European ICT Skills Meta- or Reference Framework Umbrella approach giving shelter to all existing models Skills Framework for the Information Age Advanced IT Training System etc. Key success factors : Commitment/organisation/ownership Industry needs and involvement: ICT is a global industry, ICT skills are everywhere (cross-sectors) Maintenance/convergence/international dimension

11 MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PARTERSHIPS Towards the development of a European ICT skills and career portal Promotion of role models and networking of learning centres Defining standards for the implementation of mutual recognition of modules and units of training and credit transfer Bridging formal and non-formal education: new ways for certification, accreditation and assessment Research into legal, financial and institutional frameworks for scalable and sustainable multi-stakeholder partnerships Promotion of digital literacy and of e-citizen

12 Thank you ! For further information: European Commission Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General Unit D4: E-business, ICT industry and services B – 1049 Brussels Fax: Website:


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