Filling IT-Skills Gap and Shortage
Published: 2004 April
Herausgeber: W. Stucky, P. Weiß
Buchtitel: eEurope - IT Skills: Challenging Europe's Economic Future
Verlag: CEPIS Council of European Informatics Professionals
Note: Workshop Proceedings eChallenges e-2003 Conference
The existing European IT skills gap is one of the biggest challenges for ICT industry during the next years. Industry, governmental bodies, and educational bodies have to intensify their co-operation and join forces to narrow the existing IT skills gap and to reduce the IT skills shortage in industry. Especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) mostly feel the increasing pressure on their future business due to a lack of available IT practitioners with the needed skills to enhance their electronic business, products and services. In this paper we discuss the terms IT skills gap and shortage and introduce an IT Competence Maturity Model as a mean to discuss and plan identified present and required future activities and measures. The model differentiates between existing qualification and certification schemes by qualification levels. The model intends to foster the understanding and to facilitate a more precise discussion of the current IT-skills situation in Europe.
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