ERIC Number: ED443007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Need for Competencies Due to the Increasing Use of Information and Communication Technologies. CEDEFOP Panorama.
Boreham, N. C.; Lammont, Norma
The widespread introduction of information and communication technologies (ICT) is affecting the skills needed in employment. Programs of vocational education and training (VET) should ensure people have the wide range of skills needed to be employable in these environments. ICT is spreading into more workplaces as a tool for reorganizing enterprises to ensure they create and exploit knowledge more effectively. Examples of new organizational forms made possible by ICT are telework, distributed workplaces; and virtual organizations. One of the most fundamental ways in which ICT is impacting on work is "informatisation", the ability of new technology to create information about work processes that can be used to either empower or control workers. The identification by policymakers of a widespread need for VET in ICT is based on evidence of skills gaps in organizations that rely heavily on new technology. At the level of individual employees in working environments that make use of ICT, the identification of VET needs depends on a clear definition of skill and the use of appropriate methods for analyzing the requirements of employment. Men tend to dominate more highly paid ICT jobs. The need for competitiveness in organizations in which ICT has been introduced can only be achieved by learning in the workplace in the broadest sense. The learning organization captures this concept. (Contains a 110-item bibliography and 47 Internet and Web resources.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Communications, Developed Nations, Employment Potential, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Job Skills, Organizational Change, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education
For full text: http: //www.trainingvillage.gr/etv/publication/download/ panorama/5105_en.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (Greece).