Mary Cleary was appointed Chair Elect of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills at a meeting in Paris last week. Having been nominated by CEPIS, it was confirmed that she will take up the position with effect from 1st October, 2016, taking over from Dudley Dolan, who has held the position since 2010.
The CEN Workshop on ICT Skills
The CEN Workshop on ICT Skills brings together more than 100 relevant stakeholders from industry, human resources, academia and IT national associations, representing 33 CEN members in Europe, and from the United States and Japan.
Aiming to address e-Skills shortages and mismatches in Europe, the workshop created the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF), as a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA). The e-CF is a reference document of 40 ICT competences, which describes the competence and skill requirements of ICT professionals, and as of 6th April 2016, it has become a European standard (EN 16234-1). This new standard will give organisations, businesses and ICT practitioners in Europe a common language to describe digital competences and proficiency levels, providing 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.
The workshop is currently evaluating a number of complementary projects for the European Commission, on Organisational-level e-Capabilities, ICT Professional Profiles, Digital Innovation Leadership and e-Curriculum guidelines, and is exploring further development work in the area of security, eHealth and eLeadership.