Title ProInterNet - PIN
Project Number 504025-LLP-1-2009-1-ES-LEONARDO-LNW
Project Type Networks
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text The latest OECD IT report 2008 states that "ICT skills are an important contribution to growth […] Over 4% of total employment is in ICT specialist occupations.” At the same time, job profiles have not or only been partially defined and change rapidly. This causes barriers to take up job opportunities and a lack of suitably skilled workforce. To keep pace with technological development, training opportunities must be continuously monitored and up-dated to guarantee a well-functioning labour market. With this in mind, PIN, a network project aiming at improving transparency, information and guidance systems with regard to competences and qualifications at European level for Internet professions is fully in line with Leonardo work programme specific objectives. Through its Internet Job Observatory it will use state-of-the-art participative, Open Source technology for the easy access of all relevant information for the benefit of all interested stakeholders all over Europe.
PIN is a network project that will contribute to the main objectives of the Leonardo program as laid down in policy documents, starting with the Copenhagen process. In particular, its aim is to improve the transparency, information and guidance systems with regard to competence and qualifications at European level for Internet professions. The PIN project will do this in bringing together complementary players such as VET, HE, certification organizations, jobs and enterprise associations for a proactive and continuous knowledge exchange in the area of Internet jobs.
All this is going to be done, creating a network of key players in the area of Internet-related skills in SMEs involving: 1. industry intermediary organizations; 2. VET institutions; 3. public authorities and, 4. a leading certification institute in order to set-up a holistic approach of assessing, standardizing and certifying job qualifications and profiles for internet-related jobs in SMEs.
PIN will improve employability, reduce skills shortages on the EU labour market, improve the quality of VET and make VET in the field of ICT more transparent and comparable at European level. Thus, all target groups addressed by the network project will benefit. By continuously involving relevant stakeholders throughout the project phase, a true critical mass will be reached.
Objective 1: To help promote creativity, competitiveness, employability and the growth of an entrepreneurial spirit
PIN supports this objective in identifying new Internet professions, skills and competencies needed and training available in 7 EU countries. The findings will be synchronized at all levels – VET, industry, public institutions etc. – to create a level playing field to improve competitiveness (SMEs), employability (workers) and growth of entrepreneurial spirit (all involved). An Internet Job Observatory using OS participative technology provides easy access for all interested.
Objective 2: To support improvements in quality and innovation in vocational education and training systems, institutions and practices
PIN supports this objective in identifying and matching the needs of skills and competencies for Internet professions (bottom-up approach) with the training available (top-down). VET curricula that correspond to the market needs will receive the “label of industry-compliance” that will eventually lead to certification and normalisation of training outcome. This contributes to improve the quality of VET systems, notably at European level.
Objective 3: To improve the quality and to increase the volume of cooperation between institutions or organisations providing learning opportunities, enterprises, social partners and other relevant bodies throughout Europe
To achieve the goals of LLP and in particular, Leonardo, a continuous collaboration among all stakeholders is necessary. The PIN partners look back at successful collaboration in this area that it now plans to deepen and enlarge towards all stakeholders. This will not only be achieved through the actual partners but through the networking activities that go beyond, in order to reach a critical mass, all supported by the on-line platform for ubiquitous access.
Objective 4: To improve the transparency and recognition of qualifications and competences, including those acquired through non-formal and informal learning.
This objective is at the core of the PIN network. Internet job profiles change rapidly or have not been identified in the first place. Thus, identification and “harmonization” of required skills and competencies are a first step that subsequently leads to recognition of acquired knowledge and finally, qualifications. This is crucial for a balanced and well-functioning European labour market in these increasingly important jobs.
Objective 5: Stakeholder networks
PIN builds upon real collaboration of 4 of the consortium's partners and most of the associated partners, and adds to this additional stakeholders in the area of Internet professions, qualifications and certification. The thus created network will be complemented by proactive networking initiatives such as the Round Tables (WP4) that will unite additional stakeholders in the private and public sector and identify trends and skills requirements in the job area.
Objective 6: Promoting an awareness of the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity within Europe, as well as of the need to combat racism, prejudice and xenophobia
The PIN activities promote the cultural diversity inherent to new professions such as Internet jobs. The identification of them, their skills and competences necessary and their reflection in training curricula will be able to compare differences and common traits and thus, distill common denominators for a balanced labour market.
Objective 7: Recognition of qualifications
In identifying skills and competencies for Internet jobs and training curricula, PIN will support the endeavour to recognize skills and qualifications. These job profiles are changing rapidly, or have not been identified in the first place which causes barriers in the labour market, from both sides, employers and job seekers. Thus, PIN will monitor all levels and thus, help that VET keeps track with the changing technological landscape that eventually determines needs of the labour market.
Objective 8: Employment
The OECD IT report 2008 states that "over 4% of total employment is in ICT specialist occupations, over 20% in intensive ICT-using occupations". Thus, it is evident that PIN is an important step stone for the European labour market as its results will help employability cross-border of specialist trained in Internet jobs, and put into place tools (like the industry-compliance label) to make VET market-near.
Objective 9: Lisbon partnership for growth and jobs
As can be seen from the above explications, PIN fulfills en elementary task in creating a network for Internet-jobs and thus, contribute to the growth of an important labour sector of the future.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Information and Communication
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
transparency and certification
The outputs, results and products will be:
1. Strong and lasting links between complementary institutions;
2. Normalized job profiles / qualifications / educational content definition processes;
3. A supporting web-based information exchange platform;
4. Recommendations to stakeholders.