Successfully Implementing an e-CF Pilot - Amcor Thinks Outside the Box

Amcor’s ICT department did not have a competency framework. It selected the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF), because it was a recognised and accepted standard that was not industry-specific. The e-CF’s non-restrictive approach to titles and definitions was seen as something that could be built on. Amcor’s ICT department therefore decided to use the e-CF as a framework that could be applied across continents, countries and employees.

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Celebrate IT Professionals Day on 27 April

This year, IT Professionals Day will take place on 27 April. IT Professionals Day is a celebration of the positive contribution that IT professionals make to both business and society. It gives IT professionals the occasion to recognise their worth and value, and the opportunity to support their own professional development by using their talents to improve society for everyone’s benefit. Organised since 2015 by the Irish Computer Society as part of their Tech Week initiative, it has now grown to become a pan-European initiative with the support of CEPIS, IT Professionalism Europe, the European Commission and the eSkills Malta Foundation.

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Developing an Adoption Strategy for the e-CF: Developing a Living Ecosystem

This is the second in a series of articles on developing an adoption strategy for the e-CF. In the first article detailed phases in the use of the e-CF, types of standards and their benefits for different types of users. In this article, Marleen Hartmann, Nienke Korsten, Roland Drijver and Bramjan Mulder describe how the e-CF ecosystem could be designed and how adequate differentiation and typing could be implemented. They use a layered concept that puts relations between stakeholder groups at the centre.

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Half a Million ICT Jobs Will Still Be Vacant by 2020

A conference on "High-Tech and Leadership Skills for Europe" took place in Brussels on 26 January. It provided attendees with the latest estimated figures regarding the gap between supply and demand for IT professionals in Europe by 2020. It also highlighted the need for Europe to nurture leadership skills so that companies can make the most of new digital technologies.

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Launch of the ICT Certification Map Initiative in Spain

The ICT Certification Map is an initiative undertaken to implement the European ICT Professional Framework. It is led by CCII (Spanish General Council of Informatics Engineering). The overall objective is to improve the knowledge, comprehension, utilization and value of ICT Certifications for individuals and organizations. The specific goal is to create a “visualization” tool (a map) of ICT certifications, based on the construction of an ICT certifications database. The first version will be developed in Spain as a pilot project.

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OECD Says IT Skills Not Sufficient

The OECD has published a Policy Brief on the Future of Work that highlights the impact that digital transformation is having on the workplace and the skills required to function properly in it. It notes that skills other than purely technical ones will be needed in future to thrive in the digital economy. The brief also makes a series of recommendation for skills policies to meet the challenges of a digital world.

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New European Framework Launched to Strengthen IT Professionalism

To further nurture European IT professionalism, the European Commission launched an initiative in September 2015 to develop a ‘European IT Professionalism Framework’. The project was implemented by Capgemini Consulting, EY and IDC. On 6 December 2016 the framework was officially launched at a high-level conference in Brussels. The conference highlighted the need to further develop the IT profession in the face of invariably rapid changes imposed by digital transformation. Project results and relevant developments were shared and discussed with a view to supporting national policy makers, business leaders and academics in initiating appropriate policy

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European Commission Launches Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition

On 1 December 2016, the European Commission launched the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. Its main goal is to diminish the digital skills gap, thus boosting economy and helping Europeans improve their daily lives and careers. The European Commission is inviting all stakeholders to join the Coalition and take action to reduce the digital skills gaps in Europe.

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European Network Launched to Boost IT Professionalism and Digital Skills

Employers, service providers and many others focused on IT committed today to foster IT professionalism in Europe and bridge the digital skills gap to empower European business and society. Through the IT Professionalism Europe (ITPE) network launched by the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), they agreed to work together to highlight the urgent need to improve IT professionalism, to ensure Europe benefits from the digital revolution.

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