#EDEN14 Filling the gap: e-skills for jobs

Andre Richier, keynote speaker day two

context of growing unemployment and problems within industry of not being able to find people with the right skills. New demographic reality, a youth bulge in the developing world, Africa and asia’s labour force will have more than doubled between 1990 and 2020, unlikely that employment can catch up with the growth in the labour force, migration to areas with higher employment.

A new global consumer class: income inequalities between countries is decreasing, within Europe there remains vulnerable groups and inequality, increased demand in specialised skills in IT, science, engineering and technology, skills shortness in softer areas such as health, differences in labour market outcomes for low and high skilled workers seems to be growing.

European Commission writing reports on e-skills for the 21st century.

developing a shared vision, monitoring the evolutions supply and demand, benchmarking policies and stakeholder partnerships, promoting ICT professionalism, developing curricula development guidelines, promoting elearning and e- inclusion, raising awareness and evaluating progress.

Different scenarios but assume that demand will keep growing and job growth largest in highly skilled jobs. Developed European e-competence framework for ICT practitioners in all industry sectors, covers 36 ICT competences. Developed a website with guidance for skills and competences needed for particular roles and certification needs etc. Support needed going forward to address skills mismatches, develop ICT education, retraining etc. Eastern and Southern European counties perhaps less prepared in terms of policy initiatives.


About sharonslade

Dr Sharon Slade is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law at the Open University in the UK working to support both tutors and students on Open University distance learning modules and programmes. Her research interests encompass ethical issues in learning analytics and online learning and tuition. Project work includes the development of a student support framework to improve retention and progression and the development of a university wide tool for tracking students and triggering relevant and targeted interventions. She led the development of new policy around the ethical use of learning analytics within the Open University, UK.
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