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e-Skills for Europe - Towards 2010 and beyond

Funded under: FP6-SME


European Union “the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion”. In a knowledge-based economy, acquiring, generating, and exploiting knowledge are increasingly key determinants of success for enterprises and individuals. Knowledge workers are increasingly the focal point of the labour force, given their ability to drive innovation or apply technologies and business practices in ways that improve competitiveness, foster innovation and the creation of new products and services. ICT and e-business skills (e-skills) are fundamental for the further enhancement and development of productivity and knowledge-intensive products and services.
Despite the economic downturn and three consecutive difficult years for the ICT sector and after the excessive optimism which was prevalent at the turn of the century, the longterm demand for professionals with ICT and e-business skills still exceeds the supply, in particular in user industries. The situation has been analysed in depth by the ICT Skills Monitoring Group with representatives of the Member States and Norway, resulting in a benchmarking report on 18 December 2002. This benchmarking study assessed the state of play with respect to the perceived e-skills gap and identified national and regional policy initiatives as well as the lessons that can be learnt from them.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Enterprise, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2005. 23 pp, free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: NB-64-04-337-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-8779-8
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