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EU 2020: developing the IT profession to meet the vision for Europe

EU 2020: developing the IT profession to meet the vision for Europe

Bacon, Liz and MacKinnon, Lachlan (2010) EU 2020: developing the IT profession to meet the vision for Europe. CEPIS UPGRADE: The European Journal for the Informatic Professional, 11 (5). pp. 17-23. ISSN 1684-5285

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This article discusses the issues associated with the upskilling and reskilling of the European active workforce in information technologies, IT, and digital technology skills. A rationale is presented to relate this requirement to the European Union target to be the world's leading knowledge economy by 2020 and a quartile descriptive partitioning of the workforce in terms of IT skills and knowledge, and their use, is presented. Consideration is given to the need to provide articulated and universally accepted skills and qualification frameworks that offer seamless progression through all levels from novice to professional. The key organisations working in this sector, most of which have been established in the last 2-4 years, are also described. The article concludes by stressing the importance of developing a professional IT workforce to compete effectively on a global stage. Fundamental to this argument is the requirement to develop the existing workforce, the majority of whom have already completed formal education, and to provide the tools, frameworks and protocols to achieve this. Finally, the value of successfully undertaking such a development is quantified in economic terms, and a set of actions, some already underway, to achieve the professionalisation of the IT industry are described.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] UPGRADE was an e-journal created by CEPIS. Published on behalf of CEPIS by its Member society, Asociación de Técnicos de Informática (ATI). It was an online journal (ISSN 1684-5285). Last issue was December 2011. [2] Paper published in 10th Anniversary Issue of the journal CEPIS UPGRADE.
Uncontrolled Keywords: eSkills development, global competitiveness, knowledge economy, professional IT industry, reskilling/upskilling active workforce, skills and qualifications frameworks
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Department of Computer Science
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Department of Information Systems & Digital Media
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