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From ICT Training into Employment. Good practices & Failures

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Katarzyna Szkuta'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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Katarzyna Szkuta's picture
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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Katarzyna Szkuta's picture

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.S.240332834?qid=036e2d7c-4a20-49b3-9456-94b6d4124e18&trk=group_most_popular-0-b-ttl&goback=%2Egmp_4943197

 

What are other success stories you would like to share?

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Manus Hanratty'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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Katarzyna Szkuta's picture

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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Jonathan Murray's picture

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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Jonathan Murray's picture

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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Jonathan Murray's picture

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

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Katarzyna Szkuta's picture

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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Ian Clifford'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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Ian Clifford's picture

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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