The ICS Foundation facilitates the unemployed and low-skilled members of society to improve their status through digital education and in doing so reduce the digital divide. We promote the principle of world leading ICT competence certification. We raise awareness of the issues of data protection and privacy among citizens.
The Digital Skills for Citizens Scheme is an initiative under the Government’s National Digital Strategy, funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment. As a grantee of the scheme, ICS Foundation has successfully been awarded funding to provide free basic digital skills training to citizens.
Similar to its predecessor Benefit 4, the scheme provides training to “non-liners” and aims to give people the confidence, motivation and skills to take their first steps online, so that they can play their part in an increasingly digital world. The training is aimed at target groups including people aged 45+, farming communities, small business owners, job-seekers, persons with disabilities, and disadvantaged groups. Currently, Digital Skills for Citizens training is being offered in libraries, community centres, training centres and numerous schools around the country.
To find a list of Digital Skills for Citizens traning locations, click here
If your organisation is interested in offering the training, email Liz at Liz@ics.ie for more information.
This initiative is open to training centres in Ireland only.
IT-Shape project aims to improve the job prospects of Hungarian VET (Vocational Education and Training) students, career changers, non- qualified IT practitioners and job-seekers looking to break into the IT industry by offering them a true pan-European and internationally recognized qualification. Target groups included a secondary focus on VET teachers and trainers, managers and employees of SME’s.
EUCIP Core – an IT qualification recognized at European level – was identified as meeting the requirements of the target group because it provides a solid foundation for all kinds of ICT work, aligning business skills to fundamental ICT skills.
ICS was invited to participate in the IT-Shape project due to its expertise with the EUCIP programme and experience of the Irish vocational education sector. ICS assumed responsibility for the evaluation aspect of the project.
Project activities included the adaptation EUCIP Core for the Hungarian Vocational Education sector, validation of pilot results and accreditation under the Hungarian Program Accreditation System. The deliverables achieved by the project within the 3-year timescale included a localized EUCIP Core syllabus and curriculum, courseware for teachers, a Hungarian EUCIP portal and self-test database.
IT-Shape (Shape European Level Competitive IT Certification for the Hungarian Vocational Education), 1 October 2013 – 30 September 2015, was funded under the Leonardo da Vinci – LLL Subprogram. https://it-shape.hu