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EUROPEAN E-SKILLS 2006 CONFERENCE

EUROPEAN E-SKILLS 2006 CONFERENCE

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The main goal of the European e-Skills Forum is to promote a shared vision and a broad consensus on the challenges facing stakeholders.
The main goal of the European e-Skills Forum is to promote a shared vision and a broad consensus on the challenges facing stakeholders.

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EUROPEAN E-SKILLS 2006 CONFERENCE 
Towards a Long Term e-Skills Strategy 5-6 October 2006, Thessaloniki, Greece 
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European e-Skills 2006 Conference
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The main goal of the European e-SkillsForum is to promote a shared vision and abroad consensus on the challenges facingstakeholders. In 2004, in a context still verymuch marked by the consequences of thebursting of the dotcom bubble and significantloss of confidence in the potential of ICT, thereport of the Forum “e-Skills in Europe: Toward2010 and Beyond” highlighted the need tostart developing more long-term approachesto how we address e-skills issues, including theimplementation of actions to help improvethe availability of data about the ICT labour market, promote multi-stakeholder partnershipsand e-learning, explore the development of aEuropean ICT skills framework, and address thedigital divide.Since then, surveys of the problemsencountered by business in implementing ICTincreasingly continue to put e-skills shortagesat the top of the list of critical factors thatare essential for successful innovation and for improving the competitiveness of Europeanenterprises. The demand for e-skills has alsoincreased as a result of the growth of e-businessand a number of recent sources point tosignificant e-skills shortages. It has becomeeven clearer that increased investment in ICTneeds an equivalent long-term commitment tothe development of e-skills.The European e-Skills conference (
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in partnership with stakeholders in order tocontribute to the preparation of a long-terme-skills agenda. The 150 delegates, includingleading participants from government, ICTindustry, trade unions and academia wereable to review progress, including a number of well-focused projects, studies and initiatives.The conference underlined that an accuratepicture of the supply and demand of e-skills isnow available and that the ground has beencleared in particular for the developmentof foresight scenarios and a Europeane-Competence Framework. ICT companieslaunched the European Alliance on Skills for Employability, a partnership to promote e-skillsfor employability. The ICT Task Force that wasset up by the Commission in 2006 also madeconcrete recommendations on e-skills. Toimplement them the ICT industry launchedin June 2007 in Brussels an e-Skills IndustryLeadership Board. While progress has been achieved, however,we are witnessing a severe decline in thenumber of young people studying ICT. Skillsshortages are once more on the horizon inseveral Member States at a time when Europeis increasingly challenged by global sourcingand offshoring and is struggling to find homegrown talent. There are reports of a newskills’ “crisis” and fears that a shortfall in ICTpractitioners will lead to a loss of highly paidjobs to the emerging economies of India andChina. Against this background, it is widelyrecognised that it is now a time to act. The
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See: www.e-skills-conference.org 
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COSTAS ANDROPOULOS
Head of Unit,ICT for Competitiveness and Innovation Unit,Directorate General Enterprise and Industry,European Commission
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