CEPIS Newsletter

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

New CEPIS Mission Unanimously Approved

During a recent council meeting, a new CEPIS's mission statement received unanimous approval. The new mission statement focuses on driving CEPIS's main objective to promote high standards for IT professionals and users throughout Europe. It is structured around four distinct pillars: Promoting high standards for IT Professionals, growing the pool of future IT professionals, promoting digital competence for the workforce and making IT good for Europe. 

CEPIS Infographic: The Business Case for Gender Equality in ICT

$2,100,000,000,000 - that is how much Western GDP could increase if gender equality was promoted and implemented in EU’s “best in regions” countries. This is only one of the many statistics that the CEPIS’s Women in ICT Task Force presents in its recently released infographic. The infographic focuses on demonstrating the costs of excluding women from the tech sector with precise data and concrete examples. These findings further highlight the growing need to address the gender divide in the ICT workforce.

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Malta Debates the Economic Impact of IT Professionalism in Europe

CEPIS, in collaboration with the European Commission, eSkills Malta, the Irish Computer Society and CapGemini, held a conference on the economic impact of IT professionalism in Europe. The event, which took place in Malta, focused on streamlining the interactions between the ICT industry and IT professionals to promote economic growth. This growth would be based upon the furthering of the IT Professionalism Network and the continuing development of good practices among IT professionals. Other highlights also include an address by Mrs. Fiona Fanning, the Secretary General of CEPIS, during which she spoke about the advancement of the ITPE network, and our continuing support of the e-CF implementation.

Implementing the IT Professionalism Framework: Strengthen, Promote and Standardise the IT Profession

A recent report on the "Development and Implementation of a European Framework for the IT profession", by CapGemini Consulting, identifies the main challenges facing the profession, such as a lack of maturity, the need for better education, and a biased public perception. The report then points out opportunities and recognizes examples of good practice. Some examples mentioned were the ethical guidelines prepared by the CEPIS' task force on Ethics and the creation of the ITPE network by CEPIS. Overall, the report gives an overview of the necessary conditions for the efficient implementation of the IT Professionalism Framework and te e-Competence Framework, which would set the standards for all European countries.

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CEPIS and Other Stakeholders Prepare for Digital Transformation at the 2017 Digital Assembly

During the 2017 Digital Assembly, four issues dominated the agenda: the data economy, new digital opportunities, cyber security and the Internet of Things, and digital transformation. Key stakeholders met to debate, discuss and inform participants about effective strategies to deal with the challenges of the digital age. The conference itinerary included multiple workshops, covering a wide range of topics, and provided networking opportunities to the attendees. The conference also coincided with the end of roaming charges in Europe.

ATI Spain Joins Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition

As part of the Appskil sector alliance project on the competencies required by mobile application developers, ATI has joined the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. As a member of the coalition, ATI will continue to drive digital skills training in the ICT sector. Specifically, it will foster the skills required for creating quality mobile apps via a MOOC designed specifically to train developers in the area of mobile applications. The MOOC will focus on training developers in the specific technical skills, as well as sector-specific digital marketing and business competences.

EU Skills Profiling Tool Offers Promising Solution to the Migrant Crisis

On 20 June, the European Commission launched a new tool to identify the skills and qualifications of third country nationals. The EU Skills Profiling Tool is an online self-assessment tool that comes as a direct response to the migrant crisis that started in 2015 and aims to help harness the talents of new migrants. The tool's primary function is to help users, with assistance from an interviewer, produce a profile of their skills to support further assessment, serve as a basis for offering guidance, identify up-skilling needs and to support job-searching and job-matching. In practice, it should allow better integration of new migrants by better identifying their skills to future employers and certifying agencies. If the tool is successful, it will be a step forward to solving the continuing problems of migrant integration in Europe. Representatives from organizations, such as the UNCHR, were present during the event to show their support for the project.

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ITPE Member Develops New Semantic Tool Available to Visualise e-CF e-Competences

Semantic, a new tool developed by ITPE member ICT-mastery BV, enables users to identify e-competencies from any text fast and accurately. Semantic operates by using an algorithm that analyses key words and phrases from any text, and the frequency of their use. The algorithm then links these key words and phrases and classifies them within the European e-Competence Framework competences scheme. The result provides the user with a list of the competences identified and percentages showing their frequency. Semantic shows promise and can help professionals and organizations identify e-Competences in a wide range of documents (CVs, job profiles, strategic personnel planning, etc.) to allow for quick and objective analysis of any text.

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European Commission Evaluates the Digital Market Strategy

During a mid-term review of the Digital Single Market (DSM), the European Commission provided an overview of the progress made in implementing the DSM strategy. It assessed investments in infrastructure and digital skills, and whether they were sufficient to sustain a coherent and efficient DSM. The review examines recent changes to the market, such as the end of roaming charges or the proposal for a revised ePrivacy Regulation, and how they have positively impacted the DSM. While the review praises the progress made, it also highlights what still needs to be done. Namely, it suggests that further steps need to be taken to create a fair and secure digital environment for developing online platforms. Finally, the review offers insight into understanding the challenges facing the implementation of the DSM and the importance of having a coherent European regulatory framework.

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Lack of Digital Skills Impedes Company Performance per New EC Report

Digital technologies are essential to the workplace according to the recent study "ICT for Work: Digital Skills in the Workplace." The study, by the European Commission, reveals that 93% of workplaces use desktop computers and that the use of ICT in workplaces has increased by 90% over the last few years. As a consequence, the lack of digital skills has become apparent and an impediment to the productivity. To address these issues, the report lists a series of recommendations on how to raise awareness about digital skills and promotes education. The report further recommends giving priority to funding digital technologies, to reduce the growing digital divide in the workforce.

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New Brochure on Challenges and Opportunities of High-Tech and Leadership Skills in the EU

The European Commission recently released a brochure on e­leadership that oultines the latest data, the best industry practices and provides a list of six recommendations for scaling­up the high­tech talent pool in the EU. Created by Empirica, the brochure gives insight on what is happening today to promote high­tech and leadership skills. Moreover, it provides concrete proposals for the better implementation of an EU­wide agenda on high­tech leadership skills. The findings presented in the brochure were based on consultations with experts, including from representatives CEPIS and its members.

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Bridging the Digital Divide: One of the Many Commitments of the G20 Digital Ministers’ Meeting

Shaping digitalisation at the global level, developing networking for industrial value creation and creating transparency: these were the three focus points of the first meeting between the G20 Digital Ministers. The meeting took place in Düsseldorf in April, and its objective was to discuss the next steps for creating an international framework for the development of digital policy within Europe. The meeting concluded by the formation of the Task Force for Digital Economy. The task force will work hand-in-hand with the OECD to determine what will be the main areas of concern regarding digital policy in the near future.

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European Parliament Confirms Importance of Digital Skills for Healthy Economy

The European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (CESA) has recently adopted an opinion on improving the digital skills of the European labour force. The Committee has stressed the need to address the significant differences of digital skills amongst workers, within and between different Member States; as such gaps can have a large negative impact on development opportunities and the labour market. Therefore, CESA has called on the Member States to ensure that workers have access to training in 21st-century skills such as digital literacy, critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and using big data. CESA has further stressed the importance of employers in organizing and funding training programmes that will enable workers to meet the digital demands of the workplace. The Committee also stressed the importance of lifelong learning for all workers in the digital era, and called upon the European Commission and the Member States to ensure that workers who have lost their jobs have rapid access to retraining in digital skills.

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A Look into the Impact and Forecast of the European Data Economy

As part of the European policy strategy for the Digital Single Market, investing in ICT infrastructures and technologies, such as cloud computing and big data, has been a key focus within Europe. For that reason, the European Commission has commissioned the ICD and Open Evidence to draft a study on the European market data. The study presents in detail the results of the third, and final, round of measurement of the European Data Monitoring Tool and outlines the overall the impact of the data economy on the EU GDP for the 2013-2016 period. The study also explores –in a three-case scenario hypothesis – the extent to which 2020 Europe will be able to reap the benefits of a booming data market.

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European Commission Defines Minimum Security Requirements for IoT

The European Commission (EC) has published a report of the Workshop on Internet of Things (IoT) Privacy and Security. The workshop covered four IoT domains: wearables and smart appliances, connected/autonomous vehicles, industrial IoT and smart cities. The participants agreed on thirty baseline principles of security and privacy for the IoT. Most of the principles, such as data control by the user, apply to all four domains covered by the EC. The workshop also emphasized the need to address the life cycles of products, stakeholders, data concerns.

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New Rolling Plan Links ICT Standardisation to Policy

The Rolling Plan is an annual work programme that offers an overview of the standardisation needed to support the development of EU policies. The programme is the result of an annual dialogue between the European Commission and a Multi­-Stakeholder Platform, which comprises EU Member States, European and global standardisation bodies, and representatives from industry and associations. The Rolling Plan focuses on actions which can support EU policies as the links between legislation and policy are crucial, as ICT standards support growth, improve the lives of European consumers and help public services offer digital services. 5G, Cloud, Cybersecurity, Big Data and the Internet of Things have all been identified as priority domains where the need for standardisation is the most urgent. The Rolling plan mentions that the European Framework for the ICT Profession will complement and build on the existing European e­-Competence Framework (e-CF) and specifies that the CEN Technical Committee is responsible for the maintenance and update of the e-­CF. Finally, the Plan stressed that the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills provides a suitable forum for initial work on standards to support ICT professionalism.

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EESC Calls for More Innovation and Continuity in Education and Skills Development

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an opinion on the New Skills Agenda developed by the European Commission. The opinion welcomes the New Skills Agenda but is critical of the Agenda's focus on providing a minimum skill set. The EESC's view is that Europe needs more innovative solutions in the field of education if a long­term answer to unemployment is to be found. This applies directly to digital skills, as they are constantly developing and changing. Therefore, the EESC believes that it is crucial to focus also on lifelong learning, vocational training, and similar concepts to enable and encourage people to advance their digital skills to reach the highest achievable level of skills, to maintain and improve their employability. The EESC also calls for stronger links between the new Agenda and the education and employment targets of the European Semester, Europe 2020 Strategy and the Digital Single Market Strategy.

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Europe Commits to Deeper Cooperation on All Things Digital

As part of celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, the European Commission (EC) co­organised an event titled Digital Day on the 23rd of March in Rome. The event gathered Member State ministers, high-­level EU institution representatives, and other key stakeholders to discuss Europe's digital future. On digital skills, the EC announced its plan to develop a pilot project to provide 4 – 5 months paid internships in the digital field for young graduates, thus helping young workers to acquire both the skills and work experience necessary to meet the demands of the market. Companies working in the digital field are encouraged to offer internships and train students. The EC also presented an updated European Interoperability Framework for digital public services and launched a platform for digitising industry to connect national initiatives. Furthermore, European ministers signed a declaration to position Europe as a global player in high-­performance computing.

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e-Skills Match Launches New Prototype Platform

e-Skills Match, a service which helps individuals identify and learn crucial ICT skills, recently launched an online prototype platform that was funded by DG Connect . The new online-platform provides users with a self-assessment of competences within the e-Competence Framework. The platform is linked to ESCO, a recommended system of training courses, to detect gaps in the assessment and the user's online CV and provides a timeline and evidence mapped to competencies for candidates and recruiters. Through the use of service, users gain support in acquiring the necessary e-Skills and digital skills to stay competitive and gain an edge within the ICT sector.

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