In the context of the Pro Internet project, a Roundtable Meeting on the “Needs of the Internet Industry Making Offer and Demand meet in Training and Education” took place in Norwich on 7 April 2011.
Its main conclusions were:
The most exciting prospects for new job creation are in combining traditional skills and competences with internet-based skills and competences.
Managers in large and small organisations still need to become fully aware of the opportunities in using/implementing the internet in their relevant business/organisational processes.
Intensified collaboration between training institutions and prospective employers is necessary and should be facilitated by government.
A proper investigation into what is exactly meant by “soft skills” needs to be carried out.
Employers call for highly specialist and modular trainings. Training institutions should follow this call. Governments should facilitate the process with light rather than heavy-handed intervention.
An information exchange platform at European level as a best/good practice transfer mechanism and a means to provide comparability of approaches, methods, frameworks and outcomes is useful.
Attempts to develop a labelisation, certification and normalization activity at European level must be envisaged over the long-term and must secure the buy-in of national labelisation, certification and normalization processes.
Collaboration with e-Skills UK, the STEM Centre and the Hotsource network should be explored.