e-Skills for Jobs 2015


The eSkills Malta Foundation is the National Coordinator of a European wide  eSkills campaign spanning 2015-2016.  The goals of the campaign are to promote the EU eSkills strategy to fill digital skills shortages, gaps and mismatches, promote the adoption of best practices, tools and solutions, foster e-Leadership and ICT professionalism and facilitate the mobilisation of stakeholders and public authorities.

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Background

The European Commission has launched an eSkills for Jobs: Communication and awareness raising campaign spanning 2015 and 2016. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the need for citizens to improve their command of information and communication technology (ICT) skills for work. The campaign is a response to the growing demand for ICT-skilled professionals which is currently not met.

The campaign is aligned with the European Commission’s Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs initiative, an EU-wide multi-stakeholder partnership helping to address a shortfall in the number of European citizens with ICT professional skills, and to exploit the employment creation potential of ICT. 

e-Skills are essential for professionals working in small to medium size enterprises, for young people and the unemployed looking to enter the workforce. They are also vital for corporations who need a highly-skilled workforce.  While Europe struggles with a prolonged economic downturn, e-Skills are more essential than ever to help get Europe’s economy back on its feet. People with strong e-Skills will play a central role in making Europe an innovative and competitive environment.

The main focus of the campaign, that will run in 21 European countries, will be to raise awareness of the education, training, jobs, and other opportunities that are available to people with e-Skills – those who know how to effectively use digital technologies. The participating countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the UK.

Together, industry, education bodies and public authorities will deliver a large and diverse programme of events and communications activities throughout 2015 and 2016. It will inform students, unemployed people, ICT professionals and SMEs about the vast range of opportunities that ICT-related jobs present. 

Four high level conferences will take place during the campaign linked to the EU Presidencies of Latvia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Slovakia.

The campaign is coordinated by DIGITALEUROPE and European Schoolnet in conjunction with hundreds of national and pan-European partners.  More details about the campaign activities across Europe can be found by visiting the official central e-Skills campaign website: http://eskills4jobs.ec.europa.eu/

The main focus of the campaign in 2015–2016 will be on communication activities.

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National Stakeholders


The National activities run by the eSkills Malta Foundation includes representatives from different National Stakeholders







 


Local Events

The main events we will be participating in include:

University Freshers Week.
October 2015
At the start of the Academic year a week of activities in which various organisations set up Information Stands at the University of Malta to target new and existing students.  This is an ideal forum to directly interact with a large number of students.  We will have a dedicated stand promoting eSkills for Jobs   http://www.ictsamalta.org

Career days in Secondary Schools 
In order to reach out younger students and the career guidance community we propose to hold a number of School visits aimed at providing a better understanding of ICT careers.  

Promotion of eCompetence Framework and Lifelong learning 
Fourth Quarter 2015
The eCompetence framework, lifelong learning and continuous professional development (CPD) are key elements of the broader eSkills landscape.  This event will bring together key stakeholders that provide training or access to CPD oriented schemes as well as ICT practioners and ICT oriented SMEs with a view to promoting the eCompetence Framework and related material within the ICT sector. http://ecompetences.eu​


eSkills Manifesto



To harness the potential of the digital revolution and to keep pace with global competition, Europe urgently needs to build an eSkilled workforce.  Working together, industry, education and government have the power to ensure long term action and success that will deliver jobs, competitiveness and growth.

This Manifesto is a blueprint for making this happen. It is based on a broad cross section of perspectives and is a must read for those that have a stake in acquiring, nurturing and retaining eSkilled talent in the 21st century.


A message from Malta's Digital Champion

"The Digital Malta Strategy identifies Human Capital as one of the key strategic enablers. It recognises the importance of addressing ICT skills at the formative stages of education as fundamental to the longer term eSkills challenge. A concerted multi stakeholder approach with on-going actions to address the digital divide, encourage lifelong learning and foster specialisation; feature strongly in the various programmes critical to the future eSkills scenario." 
Godfrey Vella – Digital Champion.

eSkills for Jobs Malta Ambassadors


The Malta Campaign includes stakeholder representatives - eSkills Ambassadors who to further disseminate the campaign’s messages:

Charles Formosa – Malta Information Technology and Training Services
Emanuel Zammit – Ministry for Education and Employment
Keith Fearne – Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry
Nicholas Vella – Malta Communications Authority
Paul Fenech – Malta Gaming Authority
Anthony Vassallo – Malta Enterprise

 International Events

eSkills 4 Jobs International Conferences

RIGA International eSkills4jobs Conference 
On March 13, 2015 the official launch of the “eSkills for Jobs” 2015 and 2016 campaign took place in Riga, where a high level conference was held under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference was attended by over 250 stakeholders and the campaign target groups. It commanded media attention both at national and European levels.

The conference took stock of existing and new digital jobs in Europe today and the corresponding e-skills needs. It highlighted the contribution of e-skills to the digital transformation of the European economy as a whole, beyond the traditional IT sector, and the potential to foster innovation, competitiveness, jobs and growth. The conference was enriched by an exhibition area where leading players displayed their products and services.

The conference contributed to set-up the further policy and initiatives for e-skills development in Europe to meet an increasing demand for ICT professionals in all sectors of the economy. A policy Declaration was adopted and publicly launched during the event.



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Another high level conference is expected to take place later on this year in Luxembourg whilst two other high level conferences are earmarked for 2016 in Netherlands and Slovakia.


Get on line week 2015 

 
The European Get Online Week is an annual digital empowerment campaign that engages and empowers people to use technology and the Internet with confidence and skills that allow them to benefit of the world of online opportunities. Supported by corporations, NGOs & public authorities, the campaign is organized each year in March by Telecentre-Europe (TE), an umbrella organisation that represents European networks of ICT learning centres.

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Some opportunities to boost your eSkills


The ICTforALL Scheme offers participants the chance to familiarise themselves with  different ICT applications and learn how to apply these in their everydaylife. Sending an email to a friend abroad, using eGovernment services and sharing a digital photo with friends are just some of the real-life situations targeting during these sessions.  
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Get Qualified is an initiative that supports the personal development of individuals for the achievement of qualifications and certifications required by industry. The incentive is applicable to individuals following a course of studies leading to a certification, diploma, degree or post-graduate degree courses. Upon successful completion the student will benefit from a tax credit thus recovering part of the costs incurred.

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Institute of Information and Communication Technology – MCAST

Information and Communication Technology is becoming increasingly important in many different aspects of our daily lives. The subjects taught during the courses provide the knowledge and understanding to work with technologies that are shaping the future and the world we live in. The Information Technology (ICT) in Malta has had a shortage of qualified personnel for a number of years. Short courses in computing on offer at this Institute are designed to provide the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required for a successful career (and re-training) within this dynamis sector.

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Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) – Enhancing Employability through Training

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Learn eSkills

ICT is one of the areas with the biggest future job potential. All together, the green economy, the health and new technology sectors will create more than 20 millions of jobs in the years to come. 

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Work with eSkills

At a time when other sectors of the economy are facing high levels of unemployment, companies in Europe’s ICT & technology sectors are facing a critical shortfall in ICT-skilled workers. The European Commission estimates that there may be as many as 900,000 unfilled ICT practitioner vacancies in the EU by 2015.
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