e-Skills International is a new initiative, launched by the European Commission in January 2013, to understand better the international dimension of e-skills and ICT professionalism, with a view to anticipating change and identifying possible opportunities for cooperation.

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Why are e-skills so important?
The importance of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the global economy is unquestionable: the accelerating transition to a global knowledge-based economy as well as increasing levels of innovation and of automation within organisations, demands the successful exploitation of ICT. But successful exploitation of ICT in turn, demands the availability of a workforce possessing the relevant ICT knowledge and skills. Many countries across the globe are confronted by e-skills shortages - with insufficient numbers of adequately trained ICT practitioners to meet the growing needs of organisations, acting as a brake on regional productivity, competitiveness and innovation.

What will this initiative do?
This initiative is a first attempt to engage with relevant international participants from government, industry and education in order to understand the current international landscape for e-skills and ICT professionalism, identify common challenges, share examples of best practice, and then set out a tentative roadmap for collaboration with the aim of maturing the ICT profession in the longer term. The research examined the issue from a global perspective - but with particular emphasis on major regional countries such as Brazil, China, India, US, Russia, Japan, Australia and South Africa, as well as the European Union.

What kind of topics were examined in the research?
The list below provides an indication of the range of subjects examined:

The focus is on ICT practitioners and the skills that they require. As such, basic digital literacy for the population at large will not be examined in any depth.

Who undertook the research?
A consortium of organisations were contracted by the European Commission, following an open call for tenders, for undertaking the work in 2013: Innovation Value Institute (IVI), Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), IDC and Empirica.

How can I get involved?
On an ongoing basis we are particularly keen to hear from the following stakeholders:

e-Skills: The international dimension and the impact of globalisation report

The final report from this service contract has now been published and is available for download by clicking on the icon below. This report includes additional material on the impact of globalisation as well as incorporating feedback received on the interim report.

e-Skills Brochures

As part of this service contract the e-skills report has been summarised and made available in all of the languages of the EU. Please see the results page to access the brochure in the language of your choice.

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Who should I contact for more information or to share my views ?
Please contact the project team at:
Email: info@ICTProf.eu
Phone: +353 1 708 6931


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