Is geo- really important?
Why has President Obama put his name behind a $1 billion programme in the US? http://tinyurl.com/nfpb826
Why are there plans to integrate geospatial education in every school in India? Indian National Task force in Geospatial Education
Why is geospatial compulsory in Finnish schools? http://www.oph.fi/english
This post is about the GeoSkills Plus Blog, raising awareness of the education gap between the needs of the European geo-industry and education and training policy and perspectives. In 2011 EUROGEO estimated more than 50,000 geo-jobs remained unfilled across Europe (http://www.abc.es/agencias/noticia.asp?noticia=1300333).
Geo- is not recognised in Europe. The GeoSkills Plus Project tries to make a start on putting that right. It is an ambitious attempt to transfer innovation in geo-vocational training, geo-jobs and geo-skills development from one country (The Netherlands) to others around Europe. It is based on establishing a professional community in the geo-sector – something I have been working on for the past 10 years through innovative projects and networks like HERODOT (http://www.herodot .net) and digital-earth.eu: geo-media for education (http://www.digital-earth.eu).
The GeoSkills Plus Project is a Transfer of Innovation Project funded by the European Commission. The Project has its own GeoSkillsPlus Blog sharing news and ideas on geoskills and geo-jobs. You can register at http://www.geoskillsplus.eu/press/blog.
The challenge is to raise awareness of the importance of the geospatial sector in policy and among decision makers in education and training. There is a greta need for quality education to feed the rapidly growing geospatial industry sector. Three areas need to be focused on: careers, skills and qualifications. Sign up for the GeoSkills blog and help us on social media to raise awareness of the issue.
So what are GeoSkills? Find out more at http://www.geoskillsplus.eu/press/blog