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?
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.
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.
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
Follweing the successful ITMB (see related post), e-Skills UK is launching a further degree in partnership between academia, industry focused on software development
Numerous best practices can be found on the e-Skills UK website - see http://www.e-skills.com/apprenticeships/
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.
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.
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...