CEPIS Newsletter

Welcome to the new issue of the CEPIS newsletter. In this issue:

IT professionalism in focus at a High-level EU Skills Conference 

On November 15 the European conference on digital transformation and IT professionalism presented strategies and tools for increasing EU talent pool. 

The conference was a contribution to the EU Skills Agenda and provided new insights into current and future IT professionals’ skills gaps as well as concrete solutions to increase the EU talent pool and the digital capabilities of enterprises in all sectors. Among the highlights of the event was the presentation of latest estimates forecasting that the shortage of IT professionals will grow to 749.000 by 2020, as well as the signing of the new ‘Declaration on IT Professionalism for Europe’ produced by the ITPE network.

More information about the conference can be found on the organisers’ website

‘Declaration on IT Professionalism for Europe’ – invitation to sign

The Declaration on IT Professionalism for Europe was presented and signed by stakeholders at the ‘European conference on digital transformation and IT professionalism’ held in Brussels on November 15.

The Declaration, which was initiated within the ITPE network, calls for support to strengthen commitment to a mature IT profession in Europe across all sectors and businesses. At the event, 30 companies and organisations signed the Declaration. If you are committed to furthering IT professionalism in Europe, please sign the Declaration before the end of 2018.

Final e-CF update workshop to be held on November 30

The final, multi-stakeholder feedback workshop of the CEN Technical Committee on Digital competences and ICT Professionalism on the update of the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) will be held in Brussels on November 30.

Following previous feedback, contributions and support, the e-CF revision draft is near its completion, and now all the involved stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback for the final review. The finalised, revised standard of the e-CF is set to be launched in 2019.

For more information and registration, please contact the project leader Jutta Breyer.

ITPE Digital Competence Expert Group meeting held October 24

The ITPE Digital Competence Expert Group Meeting was held on October 24 in Brussels, focusing on the benefits and challenges related to applying the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) in practice, as well as the opportunities of the Erasmus+ programme for developing projects related to IT professionalism.

The sessions were attended by more than 25 experts and members of the ITPE network, who contributed to insightful discussions following the presentations. Highlights of the event included the good practice shown applying the e-CF in companies, as well as determining the potential to submit proposals under the Erasmus + programme.

The next ITPE Expert Group meeting, on ethics, is set to take place late 2018 or early 2019. ITPE members interested in joining the group are invited to inform us on info@itprofessionalism.org.

ITPE holds session with Belgian tech association on labour market digitalisation

On October 25, 2018, the Belgian association of technology companies, ‘Agoria’, held its annual event with a session dedicated to the digital transformation of industry and IT professionalism.

Beginning the session, Jeroen Franssen of Agoria presented a national survey forecasting current and future skills needed in the Belgian labour market. Austeja Trinkunaite, CEPIS Secretary General, then presented the importance of IT professionalism in Europe and invited participants to join ITPE, followed by the current developments of the e-Competence Framework (e-CF), which were presented by e-CF update project leader, Jutta Breyer. 

The event bridged ITPE with national industry representatives, who were interested to learn more about the initiatives taken to address the IT professionals’ skills gap.

For more information about the event and Agoria, please visit their website

Calls for submissions to Erasmus+ are open 

Calls for project submissions for 2019 to the Erasmus+ programme are open and will continue on to the final deadline on March 21, 2019. 

The Erasmus+ is the EU funding initiative for education, training, youth and sport, running through the period 2014-2020. The programme provides funding of around 2.1 billion EUR per year, which may be applied for by organisations and individuals whose projects contribute to the overall objectives of the Horizon 2020 strategy under education. 

Members are encouraged to explore any funding opportunities for initiatives that could be coordinated under ITPE and share their ideas across the network. The key areas of interest may be found under ‘Education and training’ – ‘Strategic partnerships’, ‘Knowledge alliances’ and/or ‘Sector skills alliances’. More information about the programme is provided on the European Commission’s website

For setting up an initiative within ITPE, please contact the secretariat on info@itprofessionalism.org.

Commission proposes to create a European Network of Cybersecurity Competence Centres 

Building on previous initiatives on cybersecurity, the Commission has now proposed the creation of a Network of Cybersecurity Competence Centres to better target and coordinate available funding for cybersecurity research and innovation. 

The work of the new network would be coordinated by a new European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre, which will facilitate joint investment by the Union, Member States and industry into research and innovation projects. 

By pooling resources with the Member States, the initiative’s key aim is to identify and support projects that are crucial for increasing the competitiveness of the European cybersecurity industry while turning cybersecurity into a competitive advantage of industries across different sectors. 

For more details, see the full article on the Commission’s website.

Final conference of the e-CF Alliance held in Brussels

On October 11, the Final Conference of the e-CF Alliance was held in Brussels, highlighting the potential of the e-CF in organisations to grow their digital potential, as well as showing examples of incorporating it in education and training programmes.

The final panel of the day, moderated CEPIS Secretary-General, Austeja Trinkunaite, focused on the practical implementation of the e-CF and ESCO frameworks, which included presentations from representatives covering the private sector, as well as the association of Digital SMEs and the University of Alcala, Spain. All speakers emphasised the e-CF as a common language that bridges industry, education and individuals.

You may find a full article on the panel at e-CF Alliance’s website.

2nd version of European ICT Professional Role Profiles published 

The second version ‘European ICT Professional Role Profiles’ has been published by CEN, consisting of four components:

  • 30 ICT profiles descriptions;
  • a user guide;
  • a methodology;
  • and case studies.

The European ICT Professional Role Profiles updating work took place from 2017 to 2018 in the context of the CEN ICT Skills Workshop, which transferred its former mission and activity to CEN TC428. By applying e-CF competences to ICT profile construction, the 30 ICT Profiles that are included provide a tool and entry point for the application of the e-CF by individuals and organisations who wish to work with the standard.

More information can be found on ecomptences.eu.

CEOs can now sign online declaration on gender balance in tech companies

A declaration on gender balanced work culture has been made available for CEOs who are committed to equal access and career opportunities in the tech sector between men and women to sign. 

This initiative was launched by Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, as part of the actions to promote gender balance in the digital sector at the Digital4Her event in June 2018. 

The declaration can be found on the Commission’s website

Six EU member states top digital performance ranking

Six EU member states top a new digital performance ranking released by the European Commission, with Denmark in the lead, followed by the Republic of Korea and Finland. The four other EU Member States among the top ten are the Netherlands, the UK, Sweden and Luxembourg. 

The results come from the ‘International Digital Economy and Society Index’ (I-DESI) that compares the digital performance of EU countries with those of 17 non-EU countries in 5 areas: connectivity, human capital and digital skills, use of the internet by citizens integration of technology and digital public services. 

Looking at the evolution during 2013 to 2016, the index shows that all EU members states have been progressing in the adoption and use of digital technologies. However, on a regional level, the EU has not managed to close the gap with the US, South Korea and Japan. 

For more information, please visit the Commission’s website

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EU Code Week 2018 proves most successful to date

Commission launches ‘SELFIE’ for assessing digital learning in schools

More women in tech is also “a business case” 

European Economic and Social Committee adopts opinion on the digital gender gap 

Digital jobs can help young women overcome constraints in the workforce, says report 

10.9 million people reached by upskilling activities of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition 

CEDEFOP launches new tool for evaluating skills systems on a national level

European Parliament publishes study on digital skills in the 21st century

New motion brought before European Parliament on ‘education in the digital era’