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ECDL Foundation Pledges Grand Coalition Support on Certification, Training and Education

28 February 2013

ECDL Foundation welcomes the actions of the European Commission in forming a coalition that focuses on digital job creation.  During the period to 2015, we pledge to undertake the following three actions in support of the certification, training and education objectives of the Grand Coalition:

Flexible Certification to Fast Track Employability

With unemployment hitting all-time highs in many European countries, ECDL Foundation announces the development of the ‘new ECDL’ certification programme, to be launched across Europe in 2013. The new ECDL will provide a flexible modular structure that allows the creation of profiles that match individual or organisational needs. Using this flexibility, people and employers can develop digital competence that delivers productivity and links people to jobs across Europe. Tailored skilling and upskilliing of the workforce through a recognised certification standard that has flexibility to meet the changing requirements of European labour markets will help create more and better jobs, as well as facilitate mobility.

e-Skilling SMEs for Business Growth
With SMEs representing an estimated 90% of European businesses, their effective integration of technology for business growth is key for Europe’s future. E-business skills and the capacity of SMEs to use ICT to drive organisational growth through efficiencies and innovation will be addressed with the piloting of a new certification module, ‘ICT for Small Business’. Enabling Europe’s entrepreneurs to ‘go digital’ will increase e-commerce, promote digital services, and drive employment potential.  ECDL Foundation commits to launch this new certification targeting small business in support the Grand Coalition to catalyse such ICT-enabled business growth. 

Delivering Digital Skills for Teachers
As Europe’s youth unemployment rockets, many education systems struggle to provide the digital education required to deliver e-skilled students for prospective employers.  Teachers will only deliver digital education if they themselves acquire the competence to use ICT as a pedagogic tool that facilitates learning in all subjects.  A new certification ‘ICT for Educators’ will be piloted during 2013 to provide a standard for educators on the key skills and knowledge required to incorporate ICT into curricula.  This will help educators understand the benefits of integrating ICT in the classroom and promote a culture of  lifelong professional development in education systems. It will assist teachers in exploring the potential of ICT as a tool for educating, which in turn will enhance the digital learning experience and learning outcomes for Europe’s students. 

During 2013 and through 2014, ECDL Foundation with work with its network of partners in Europe to introduce the above and will seek to work with partners and stakeholders, such as SME organisations and educators as well as employers, to pilot appropriate actions. 

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