Cedefop Publishes Handbook of ICT Practices for Guidance and Career Development

The European Centre for Development and Vocational Training, Cedefop, has published a Handbook of ICT practices for guidance and career development, which shows the potential of ICT to help people find the right training and jobs, as well as increasing their employability and develop their competences. The handbook helps the user to determine the best option for a specific context, providing a common reference tool for citizens of the EU.

It also offers recommendations to support implementing ICT in the areas of education, training, employment services and other relevant organisations in European countries, while the authors hope that it will encourage continuous cooperation between pioneers in technology and the relevant stakeholders of these different sectors.

The Handbook can be found on Cedefop’s website.


European Commission Pilot Project For Improving Digital Skills in SME's Publishes First Results

Interim findings from the European pilot project for improving the digital skills of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), named ‘New Professions, New Educational Methods, New Jobs’, show that while some needs vary, there are universal tools for business intelligence, marketing, e-commerce and client relationship management that are common and useful to all SMEs. The findings, which are based on 40 interviews conducted with involved stakeholders, also indicate that skills for digital marketing, social media, cybersecurity, web development and data analytics are what the SMEs most wanted to improve on.  

The pilot project was set up by the European Commission to design training solutions in digital skills to upskill SMEs. It has the objective to develop ‘blueprints’ to upskill small businesses all over Europe. The project is now ready to pilot training courses for SME employees and unemployed people in Murcia, Spain and in Lithuania.  

More information can be found on the European Commission’s website.