PIN-SME Declaration on e-Skills Supports Vendor-Independent Certification

At the e-Skills conference in Thessaloniki in October, PIN-SME, the pan-European ICT and eBusiness Network for SMEs introduced its e-Skills policy declaration which included a statement of support for vendor-independent certification.

Representing more than 50,000 SMEs, Johann Steszgall, President PIN-SME, underlined the importance of e-skills for productivity growth, competitiveness and employment in Europe and called upon policymakers, stakeholders and all citizens to consider the following recommendations:

  • recognise the key role played by ICT SMEs in the deployment of e-skills among Europeans;
  • consider industry and private training and certifications as complementary to formal education;
  • enhance collaboration between universities and industry.

PIN-SME also declared its support for vendor-independent e-skills certifications and undertook to actively contribute to the development of e-skills training and certification schemes orientated to the needs of SMEs. In addition, it urged governments to consider fiscal incentives and other forms of financial support to stimulate the update of e-skills in SMEs.