The ICS Foundation furthers the interests of the IT profession through professional development events and seminars and relevant, bespoke academic programmes. We encourage the adoption of IT as a career choice and ICT graduates. We contribute to the economic growth of Ireland by working to ensure that there is an adequately skilled population and workforce to sustain a professional level of work, service delivery and engagement with technology.
- European e-Competence Framework
- National Coalition for Ireland
- Graduate Development Programme
- Leadership Development Programme
- IT Professionals Day
The European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) provides a reference of 40 competences as required and applied at the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workplace, using a common language for competences, skills and proficiency levels that can be understood across Europe.
As the first sector-specific implementation of the European Qualifications Framework, the e-CF fits for application by ICT service, demand and supply organizations, companies, for managers and HR departments, for education institutions and training bodies, including higher education, policy makers, public and private sectors.
The European e-Competence Framework provides a common language to describe the competences including skills and knowledge requirements of ICT professionals, professions and organizations at five proficiency levels, and is designed to meet the needs of businesses and other organizations in public and private sectors.
The e-CF was developed under the umbrella of the Workshop on ICT Skills, through a process of collaboration between experts and stakeholders from across Europe.
CEN/PC 428 was established to make the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) a European standard (EN). The committee is composed of delegates from the National Standardisation Bodies of 33 European countries.
Mary Cleary is a member at the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills and a delegate at CEN Project Committee 428 (PC 428)
Building on the positive results from the initial launch of the Grand Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs 2013, the European Commission is now strengthening efforts inviting all member countries to pledge their commitment to the new Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition initiative at a launch event hosted by Commissioner Oettinger on the 1st of December, 2016, in Brussels. ICS Foundation has been invited by the Council of Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) to establish a National Coalition for Ireland as part of this initiative.
The National Coalition provides an opportunity to bring relevant stakeholders together to collaborate, seek synergies and host activities that support objectives of the broader European coalition namely:
- More and better trained ICT professionals in Europe: developing high level digital skills for ICT professionals in all industry sectors
- Digital skills in education: transforming teaching and learning of digital skills in a lifelong learning perspective, including the training of teachers
If you or your organisation would like to know more or get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The ICS Graduate Development Programme is aimed at computing graduates transitioning from college to career. Delivered in workshop format by senior IT professionals and Industry experts it teaches in-demand skills in four key disciplines. Designed to fit into working schedules with minimal impact, the programme is spread over three years, with one full-day block release every six months.
Modules and topics include Data Protection, Strategic IT, Project Management, Negotiation Skills, Ethics and Business Analysis.
The Leadership Development programme is designed for senior executives responsible for strategic decision making in large civil and public service organisations who are transitioning into the roles of CIO, senior IT leader and/or next generation C-suite executives.
It equips participants with the skills necessary to drive innovation, lead organisational improvement and participate strategically within the C-suite. It provides a forum to discuss relevant issues with industry professionals allowing peer networks to develop and create opportunities for mutually professional relationships. It provides opportunities for participants to create a blueprint for change implementation in their organisations.
Relevant practical and inspiring themes are built on leading business transformation in the digital age and managing relationships, innovation and risk.
IT Professionals Day celebrates the critical contribution of IT Professionals to business and society in Ireland today. On this day, the culmination of an ICS Foundation campaign to encourage IT professionals to promote their career, show that it is worthwhile, fulfilling and rewarding, we ask them to come forward and to give some time to highlighting and promoting their career option among our students, and to share their expertise in support of the nurturing of technology in society.
We ask IT Professionals to make three commitments:
- Champion the education of today’s young people in the skills needed for tomorrow’s digital society
- Contribute time to supporting the profession or society as a whole by committing to contributing time to a worthy cause within 12 months
- Commit to the IT Professionals Code of Conduct
An event is held during Tech Week to showcase the dedication, generosity and impact of the pledges of the IT professionals.
IT Professionals Day has attracted a significant amount of interest from Europe, and André Richier, Principal Administrator at the European Commission, attended the showcase event.