Policy makers need to change their mind-set in tackling skills mismatches according to a new report by Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. Among other findings, the report highlights that approximately 85% of jobs in the EU require, at least basic, digital skills.
A new report from the European Internet Forum (EIF) has been published, looking at the future of transatlantic digital transformation. The report considers the views of EIF members in both Europe and the United States, making recommendations on five priority areas, including the future of work.
ICDL Africa met recently with students at Nu-Vision High School in Rwanda, who are following the ICDL Digital Citizen+ programme. The programme, which is used with secondary-level students, helps build foundational digital skills, and follows-on from the Digital Citizen programme, which is used with primary-level students.
ICDL Vietnam Expands Strategic Partnership in New Agreement with Vietnam National Economics University
An agreement to work on building students’ digital skills was signed between ICDL Vietnam and the Vietnam National Economics University (NEU) on 5 February. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Professor Dr Tran Tho Dat, Principal of NEU, and Ms Dao Mai Anh, the CEO of ICDL Vietnam, in the presence of Ms Cáit Moran, the Irish Ambassador to Vietnam.
The first anniversary of Bal Swavlamban Trust’s Digital Empowerment Centre in Dhankot, India, was celebrated on 8 February. A ceremony marked the event, with ICDL certificates awarded to successful candidates. The initiative by Bal Swavlamban Trust, a corporate social responsibility initiative of Hella, aims to help young people in Dhankot, where Hella has a manufacturing plant, to develop digital skills and become more employable.
ICDL Africa has started a refresher ‘Train the Trainer’ course for trainers at the Rwanda Management Institute (RMI), one of a number of promising Accredited Test Centres in the country.
ICDL and the Rwandan Ministry of ICT have renewed their agreement to certify the digital skills of thousands of civil servants and members of the public. The new Memorandum of Understanding was signed in early February.
ICDL has become mandatory for students from the University of Tourism and Business (UTB), a university in Kigali, Rwanda. The students had the opportunity to take part in meetings with the ICDL Africa team in January, discussing ICDL and digital literacy in the country.
A large scale ICDL accreditation campaign has begun in Somaliland, in partnership between Specto and the Ministry of Higher Education. The campaign began with two workshops on IT security and project planning, delivered by Specto at Hargeisa University.
European Commission Seeks Input on Plans for Better Mutual Recognition of Qualifications and Diplomas
The European Commission is seeking input on a new proposal to make it easier for people to move freely for research or study through mutual recognition of higher and upper-secondary education, as well as study periods abroad.