The importance of digital skills for students was emphasised in a recent video featuring students of the University of East London, produced by BCS – the Chartered Institute for IT.
The 2015 ECDL Study by ECDL Switzerland found a lack of adequate computer skills in Switzerland, and a lack of awareness of the problem. On average, participants in the study scored less than 50% in a practical test, and more than two-thirds of participants overestimated their computer skills.
The ALBA study puts figures on how much ‘digital illiteracy’ costs, and looks at ways that training can help to reduce those costs and build benefits for companies. The study looked at IT practice in 44 companies across different industry sectors in Greece, and it measured the cost of ‘IT ignorance’ based on a comprehensive range of factors. In total, 140 people participated in the study as candidates, along with their supervisors (140), 43 HR Managers and 41 IT managers.
An Italian study on the ‘Cost of Ignorance’ found that ECDL / ICDL certification gives a total return on investment of €2,261 per person annually as well as 47% competence increase from pre-training levels.