New EU standard will help tackle e-skills gap, says CEPIS
The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) has said the introduction of a new European standard for ICT professionals would help solve the lack of e-skills across Europe.
The European e-Competence Framework (e-CF), which describes the competences and skills requirements of ICT professionals, has become a European standard, following its official publication by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) yesterday. It gives organisations, businesses and ICT practitioners in Europe a common language to describe digital competences and proficiency levels.
CEPIS secretary general, Fiona Fanning, said, “Organisations must be able to understand the core areas of ICT expertise required by different roles, in order to recruit and develop suitable employees, and maintain adequate levels of competences. The e-CF is the ideal tool to support organisations in doing so. It will help tackle Europe’s alarming ICT skills gap. Previously, there was no way to express ICT competences and skills requirements and gaps on a European level.”
CEPIS says the e-CF was designed to provide clear definitions to support decision-making with regard to the selection and recruitment of candidates as well as the training and assessment of ICT professionals. Employers can adopt it to establish profiles and career development paths for ICT professionals. The body states that the definition of career streams will offer valuable insight into potential career opportunities. A large company could, for example, use the e-CF to develop a tool to manage the process of training identification. The e-CF would serve as a consistent benchmark of competences to assess training programmes addressing individual development needs.
The e-CF was developed under the umbrella of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills, through a process of collaboration between experts and stakeholders from across Europe, according to CEPIS.