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From ICT Training into Employment. Good practices & Failures

Building on our last week discussion, we would like to this time focus on ICT training for employment. What are the good practices and novel solutions in your organisations, policies that support them, examples from EU and beyond? We have already Manus from FIT and Eva Fabry mentioned some in the last thread: http://bit.ly/11T3RzB. For me one of the most interesting ICT training new initiatives was Etsy Hacker School (http://www.etsy.com/hacker-grants) supporting more women into engineering jobs at Etsy. The company (online market place) sponsored ten scholarship grants for women of US$5,000 each for the 2012 Hacker School - a three-month intensive course to become a better programmer. The initiative attracted over 650 applicants. A key component in the success of the project was the wide reach achieved by the social media platforms used to promote the grants. Other attractive features were that the course took place at Etsy HQ and participants attended company events and conferences (http://etsy.me/17kbZh2). Nevertheless, we can also learn from failures. Nesta organised a Failure Fest to talk about failures in education, innovation and enterprise (http://bit.ly/failurefest). Worst practices may also be a good point to start. Looking forward to your examples!

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nszkutka's picture

we have a parallel discussion taking place on the GC4J LinkedIn group where Manus from FIT and Carsten from Cisco (Cisco Networking Academy) provided excellent examples of successful ICT training programs that results in better employability. Are there any other examples you would like to share? And how about failures? Shall we share them too? I think we can learn a lot from failed projects.
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Silverio mentioned in the LinkedIn group also DIDASCA - The First Italian Cyber Schools for Lifelong Learning with a MOOC component. Very interesting.
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Jutta and Carsten gave us more insights from the impact of the Cisco Networking Academy: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/From-ICT-Training-into-Employment-4943197...

 

What are other success stories you would like to share?

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nhanrama's picture

There are two key ingredients of successful vocational training. First is strong support and direct input on curricula from employers. The second is offering complementary soft-skills training & supports to students (as well as technical ICT training). The first one ensures students are taught the right things i.e. customer needs. The second ensures the students are "work ready" in terms of work experience, company visits, work etiquette, teamwork, interpersonal skills etc.

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Thanks a lot, Manus, for this. Employers' involvement is definitely a must and soft skills training together with a supportive environment may be a real change. learning technical skills in the vacuum certainly doesn't bring the same results. 

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One best practice is the ITMB (IT management for business) course offered by several univeristies in the UK - see http://www.e-skills.com/education/he-and-fe/itmb/. This PPP between academia, industry and acadmia is yeilding great results with near 100% employability rates

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Follweing the successful ITMB (see related post), e-Skills UK is launching a further degree in partnership between academia, industry focused on software development

http://www.e-skills.com/news-and-events/may-2013/employers-and-universit...

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Numerous best practices can be found on the e-Skills UK website - see http://www.e-skills.com/apprenticeships/

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thanks a lot, Jonathan, for inspiring examples. involvement of industry in the training is a n important step towards filling the ICT skills gap as well as for the best definition of the market demand.

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nclifian's picture

Skillage (www.skillage.eu) is a tool that helps young people to assess their practical expertise in ICT for employability in a fun way, and its available in more than 20 European languages.

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I am running a workshop with young people tomorrow for Microsoft Europe. It will look at four areas: skills for digital jobs, apprenticeships, web entrepreneurs and girls and STEM. Its an invite only workshop where around 50-60 young people from across Europe are being brought together in Dublin to explore these issues and propose ideas to tackle them. They will also examine the Commissioners Young Advisors ideas. The outcomes of the event will be brought to the DAA. More info here http://www.microsoft.eu/skills-and-education/events/driving-digital-jobs...

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