Newsletter 1 – 3.1. Italian desk research summary

The Italian scenario (IRFI)

Green Economy outline

In its “Agenda for new skills and jobs” (23/11/2010), the European Commission underlines: “EU employment and skills policies that help shape the transition to a green, smart and innovative economy must be a matter of priority”. As reported by the Draft Joint Employment Report (2011), “the labour markets that are emerging from the crisis are changing and many Member States are looking at creating high value added and sustainable greener economies. These are essential for the creation of more jobs and for meeting the climate/energy targets. At the same time it is necessary to support workforce adaptability…”.

Nevertheless, due to the need for urgent carbon and waste reduction which is affecting all European countries similarly, the “GREEN” sector is growing rapidly, creating new jobs for qualified employees throughout Europe, needing qualify people for these jobs. Specialized functions are needed to tackle the multiple aspects of this transversal sector. In fact, the words Green jobs includes all professionals in which “ecological” solutions have been adopted: from renewable energies to sustainable constructions technichs and organic agriculture.

In Italy the annual Report published by Unioncamere (Nation Union of the Chambers of Commerce) and Symbola Foundation “Greenitaly 2013, nutrire il futuro” showed as the “green” sector is even more growing and companies which invested since 2008 in “green technologies” are the 22% with the creation of 3 millions of job places created.

Cedefop (European Center for Developing Vocational Training) together with ILO (International Labour organization) published in 2010 the study Skills for green jobs: European Synthesis Report analysing skills and competences needed to devolep a low carbon economy in 6 EU Member States (Denmark, Germany, Eastland, Spain, France and UK).

Following its results a mix of competences should be necessary for the best development of the green sector: soft skills (communication, being autonomous in organizing the work) and basic ecological skills (managing waste reduction, managing energetic and resources proficiency). Updating the existing skills would be more important than the availability of new specific and technical skills.

The above mentioned annual Report of Unioncamere shows that professionals operating in the “green” sector are qualified and even thogh some of them are specilized technicians they should have soft skills like problem solving, team working, communications skills. It is true that it is not easy to find such professionals because of the lack of teaching soft skills at school and University level.

ICT outline

Information technologies have evolved at an impressive pace in recent years, creating new needs and at the same time providing new solutions and new spaces for professionalisms once unthinkable.

Today’s world, more and more oriented to information sharing, to social aspect, has opened up new possibilities, and while on the one hand are very popular figures that make the social (and the continuing promotion) its core business , are also increased the demands for IT security experts. Protecting your IT infrastructure means protecting your business.

Essentially, talking about ICT in 2014 means dealing with an almost limitless number of professions, specializations, skills of the most varied kind.

We have attached, in order to simplify the understanding of the most representative figures, two documents relating to the most innovative and requested professionals of the contemporary ICT market .

  • “CEN Workshop Agreement – European ICT Professional Profiles”
    • Developer
    • Digital Media Specialist
    • ICT Security Manager
    • Network Specialist
    • System Administrator
  • “G3 Web Skills Profiles – European ICT Professional Profiles”
    • WSP-G3-001 – Community manager
    • WSP-G3-006 – DB administrator
    • WSP-G3-015 – Web accessibility expert
    • WSP-G3-016 – Web security expert
    • WSP-G3-017 – Mobile application developer
    • WSP-G3-018 – E-commerce specialist
    • WSP-G3-020 – Reputation Manager
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