e-Skills Match (www.eskillsmatch.eu) is an EU co-funded project aiming to develop and demonstrate a European-wide learning system that will dynamically adapt to the changes that are occurring to current job market classifications and will support the user to identify any potential lack of necessary e-Skills and digital competences, while it will offer him the tools and methods to gain (re-) training in order to become more competitive and access the desirable jobs within ICT or non-ICT sectors.
Towards these objectives, the project will design, develop and deploy the e-Skills Match platform, a web-based multilingual platform which will offer an e-Portfolio solution hosted in a cloud environment. The platform will be tested by real users and will allow them to assess their current knowledge against e-Skills and digital competences demanded by the job market.
So, users will be able to:
Create and manage their personal e-portofolio
Perform an e-Skills audit using the e-Skills Match platform and self-assess their position in the job environment
Identify their gaps against those e-Skills and digital competences required for the desirable occupation within the ICT Plan their (re-) training if necessary with learning methods and educational tools like Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Open Educational Resources (OER) to complement their occupational e-Skills and apply for market certifications offered by the system.
Launched in September 2015 and running for the next 24 months, e-Skills Match is being implemented by a consortium comprised of the following partners: Stockholm University (Sweden) as the project coordinator, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Universidad de Alcalá (Spain), Adfor SpA (Italy) and Government To You (Belgium)
In this first issue of our newsletter, you will have the opportunity to read all project updates so far, news related to the project’s thematic area, upcoming events, as well as other interesting publications.
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Enjoy the reading and welcome to e-Skills Match community!
e-Skills Match Communication and Dissemination Team
e-Skills Match project was officially launched during its kickoff meeting, which was held on the 26th and 27th of October 2015 in Milan, Italy with the participation of all participating partners from Stockholm University (Sweden) as the project coordinator, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Universidad de Alcalá (Spain), Adfor SpA (Italy) and Government To You (Belgium). Partners introduced themselves, the expected work from all work packages was presented, and coordination of the work for Y1 has been achieved.
e-Skills Match website: the online informational tool of the project available in EL, EN, ES, IT, SV
e-Skills Match website serves as the major informative channel for the dissemination of the project related information. The website is translated into the native languages of the participating partners and it is available online in English, Italian, Greek, Spanish and Swedish versions.
Find e-Skills Match project in social media and keep in touch!
You can “like”, “follow” and “connect” with e-Skills match project on social media and become part of our social community! Thus, you can always stay abreast of our project news, progress made and innovative developments of the project.
e-Skills Match promotional materials: learn more about the project
e-Skills Match poster
A number of promotional materials have been created for communication and dissemination reasons, including the most important information about the project. All these materials are available online in English, Italian, Greek and Spanish. Below we present the English versions, however, all versions can be found at: www.eskillsmatch.eu/en/medias
Project technical meeting, 31 March – 1 April 2016, Stockholm Sweden
Project partners during the meeting discussing on project developments
At the end of March 2016 the project consortium held a face-to-face technical meeting and discussed all the progress made regarding the project’s objectives during Y1 and set the last details regarding the requirements and specifications for the development of e-Skills Match platform which will be ready and available online soon!
Moreover, they reflected in the expectations and goals set for the upcoming period, while they also defined their roles, interactions and plans till the next meeting. So stay tuned and be the first to test the e-Skills Match platform!
Designing the project’s methodology for the development of the platform
e-Skills Match 1st press release launched in April 2016
On April 14th, 2016 e-Skills Match partners launched the 1st project press release announcing the project’s launch in order to raise its visibility and raise awareness of the audience at a European and local level providing information about its objectives, the platform and the benefits for users. Click on the link below to view the published press release: Press Release - Y1 - Announcement of the project's launch
Workshops on the e-Skills Match platform’s requirements
Stockholm University (SU)
Workshop at eGovlab, Stockholm University
eGovlab (Stockholm University) organized a Requirements Elicitation workshop on the 17th of May in order to discuss the users’ perspective of the requirements of the e-Skills Match system from users. This first workshop on Requirements Elicitation aimed at specifying requirements by evaluating how the system is to be used and whether the users’ needs are addressed effectively.
Six participants within the project’s target audience were invited (between 25-40 years old), along with two DSV/SU professors –experts in the field. During the workshop, participants were presented the updated version of the e-Skills Match prototype. Wireframes and screenshots were used as visualization tools to promote the understanding of the desired end product. Furthermore, the updated prototype was displayed in real-time in order to enrich the usage scenario or use case and help users to better identify key requirements. At the end of the workshop, each participant completed an online questionnaire.
Universidad de Alcalá (UAH)
University of Alcalá (UAH) also conducted a Requirements Elicitation workshop, where a set of similar exercises was undertaken. Both of these workshops are part of Work Package 4 of the project. The analysis of the workshop results will be included within the relevant deliverables.
Workshop at University of Alcalá (UAH)
Fondazione Politecnico Di Milano (FPM)
On 31st of May 2016 in Milan, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano performed the interview session for Requirements/Prototype of the eSkills Match (eSKM) website with 5 potential eSKM users. All participants are ICT professionals with the following profiles: Business Analyst, ICT Consultant and Project Manager. The participants gave some interesting feedbacks about the functionalities of the eSKM platform from a user perspective, having know-how in website design and enterprise SW selection and implementation.
Workshop at Fondazione Politecnico Di Milano
Government To You (Gov2u)
Workshop at Government to You (Gov2u)
Gov2u organised its Requirements Elicitation workshop on June 7th, 2016 in Gov2u premises. The overall aim of the project and the modules of the e-Skills Match platform have been explained to the participants. Afterwards, they were asked to fill in the questionnaire giving their perspective as users of the system and evaluate how much it corresponds to the users’ needs.
e-Skills Match project is co-funded by European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT), Unit for Inclusion, Skills and Youth, under the grant agreement no. ECOKT2014-7 (30-CE-0726730/00-60).
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e-Skills Match Newsletter is published by the e-Skills Match consortium. The views expressed are purely those of the authors and may not, under any circumstance, be regarded as stating an official position of the whole consortium or European Commission. Neither e-Skills Match consortium nor any person acting on its behalf is responsible for the use that may be made of the information in this publication.