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David Carpenter
Chief Executive
The European Computer Driving Licence Foundation Ltd.




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                  ECDL Presentation
•   ECDL-F Mission & Role
•   Success & Development
•   Differentiation
•   ECDL Economic Value
•   ECDL Benefits
•   Social Ethos and Inclusiveness
•   International Recognition
•   EU Relationships
•   Product Developments


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      ECDL Foundation
A not-for-profit global governing body of the world‟s leading
computer skills certification programme

Members - computer societies in Europe

Established in January 1997 by CEPIS (Council of European
Professional Informatics Societies)




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 ECDL Foundation Mission
• Help raise the general level of computer skills in society

• Establish a global benchmark for core computer skills
  competency and IT knowledge

• Provide an essential qualification that allows all people to
  participate in e-Society

• Be an inclusive programme, „Open to everyone‟




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         ECDL Mission: ‘Computing Skills for Life’
                                       CONTINUITY
ECDL Syllabus                  • Evolution not Revolution         Syllabus Version 4.0
 Version 3.0                                                      Value & Relevance
                               • ECDL Module Structure
                               • Consistent Literacy Message      • Continuity: Builds on
                                                                    Success of ECDL Brand
                                                                  • Focus on Current IT Skills
                                                                  • Relevant Competencies
                                                                  • Clearer and more Precise
                                                                    Wording (for)
        MOTIVATION                                ECDL Syllabus         * Candidate
 • Currency & Relevance                            Version 4.0          * Trainer
 • Quality Improvement
                                                                        * Test Provider
       * Clarity & Precision
                                                                  • Improved Structure (for)
       * Structure
                                                                        * Precision in testing
       * Rigour
                                                                        * Courseware
                                                                  • More rigorously
                                                                    designed (for)
            Evolution of IT Technologies                                * Test Validation
                  & Competencies                                        * Test Improvement


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       ECDL Foundation Role
•    Global governing body
•    Licensing Authority
•    Product maintenance & development
•    Quality assurance
•    Standards and guidelines
•    Audit Function
•    Working groups – special needs, teachers
•    Approval of external service providers
•    Communication
•    Marketing & Business Support



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                     ECDL Success
Statistics:
• 3.25 million students, July 2003
• 12 million+ tests
• 15,000 test centres, 132 countries, 27 languages



Europe - ECDL as a % of population:
• Almost 6% of Irish population
• Nearly 4% of Swedish and Danish population


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               ECDL Development
• Finland - CDL
• Employers, Unions, Govt, Education
• Council of European Professional Informatics
  Societies (CEPIS) Task Force
• European Commission - ESPRIT
• Pilot Tests - April 1996
• ECDL - August 1996
• ECDL Foundation - January 1997



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                   Differentiation
• CEPIS = 250,000 IT Professionals.
• International Support - computer societies,
  international bodies, governments.
• Social ethos - not for profit, commitment to raising
  skills, disability issues.
• Generic growth model – “Sweat” Equity approach.
• Test Centres / Courseware / Test Providers.
• All embracing syllabus development process.
• Validation - ETS, EASK, Citogroep,12Million Tests!


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         International Context




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                  Levels of Input
 • CEPIS
 • National Computing Societies
 • Practicing Computing Professionals
 • National Operators
 • Test Centres / Courseware & Test Providers
 • Subject Matter Experts (SME‟s)
 • Specialist Expert Groups
 • ECDL Candidates


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             Vital Statistics - Ireland
On a per capita basis, Fastest growing
      ECDL uptake in the world!

 Test
Centres           Candidates           Licences   Testers



  1,100               230,000          140,000
                                        120,000    5,500




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         ECDL Value to Economy
 • Irish government grant of €19,500.
 • Impact Study - government objectives,
   economic benefits, social objectives.
 • Scale of program - estimated annual value to
   Irish economy, approx. €30million.
 • UK and Italy are largest ICDL markets, currently
   6-7 times size of Irish market and growing.
 • Value to UK and Italian economies???
 • Factor of 7 = €200million annually???
 • Hidden productivity benefits from up-skilling???

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ECDL Key Benefits - Candidate
• Designed to help people in work and at home

• Gives candidates a recognised, relevant & up-to-date
  qualification

• Gives solid foundation of computer skills

• Personal development and motivation




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 ECDL Key Benefits - Employer
• Increased productivity
• Reduced PC support costs
• Establishes a tangible benchmark for computer user skills
• Increased quality of administrative output
• Faster payback of IT investments
• Enables employers to invest more efficiently in IT
• Ensures that best practice and quality issues are
  understood and implemented


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   ECDL Key Benefits - Society
ECDL - Gateway to the Information Society
• Raise the general level of competency in computer skills
• Promote Computer Literacy
• Raise IT Knowledge Levels
• Facilitate Job Mobility
• Facilitate Re-Training
• Improve Productivity
• Enhance returns for IT investments

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                       Social Ethos
• Inclusiveness: ECDL for People with Disabilities - EU
  Project with partners in Austria, Germany, Ireland,
  Italy and Norway.
• UNHCR - Global Catalyst Foundation project in
  Mtabila Refugee Camp, Tanzania.
• Ramallah Refugee Camp - UNESCO test centre.
• Zimbabwe - WorLD Links for Development Project.
• Chile Califica Program.
• Tristan da Cunha.
• Kabul, Sarajevo, Tsula


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ECDL - Founded on Inclusiveness
• ECDL programme - an inclusive programme

• Open to everyone

• Specific design to ensure equal and fair access for all
  people

• Regardless of gender, ethnicity, physical ability, age or
  speciality area the ECDL certificate represents the same
  recognised standard for the whole community



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          ECDL PD Project
Target Group 1             Blind and visually impaired
Target Group 2             Deaf and hard of hearing
Target Group 3             Cognitive disabilities
Target Group 4             Physical disabilities

(P1)    Austrian Computer Society OCG       - Austria
(P2)    University of Linz                  - Austria
(P3)    MediaLT                             - Norway
(P4)    Berufsbildungswerk Paulinenpflege   - Germany
(P5)    Asphi Onlus                         - Italy
(P6)    bfi Steiermark                      - Austria
(P7)    ECDL Foundation                     - International
(P8)    European Disability Forum


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                  ECDL PD Aims
•   Promote IT usage and IT training for people with disabilities
•   Increase the availability of integrated and special training
•   Raise the quality of training available for people with
    disabilities
       – support of training and teaching organisations
•   Syllabus, tests, procedures, pilot projects, technologies


     by means of the standard ICDL certificate

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          International Recognition
  The ECDL is the only computer skills certification program
   adopted and recognized by:

• The European Commission
  European Commission initiatives:
  ESDIS Committee Oct ‟02 recommended that ECDL“be
  accepted as a Europe-wide basic IT accreditation scheme”

• UNESCO
  ICDL program in Arab States delivered through UNESCO Cairo
  Office. Also working with UNESCO in Russia.

• United Nations Development Program
  April 2003: UNDP enrolled 5,000 staff members in 131 countries
  in the ICDL program.
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          International Recognition
  Accepted internationally at government level:
• Education Ministries- Australia, Austria, Holland, Hungary,
  Italy, Jordan, Poland.

• E-Government Plans – Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Norway.

• Ministries of Defense – UK, Sweden, Italy.

• Re-training Schemes – UK New Deal & FIT Ireland.

• Health Services – UK, Sweden

• Institutes of Public Administration – Ireland, Romania

• Multinational Organizations
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                         EU Activities
•   ESDIS Recommendation
•   DG EMPLOY, INFOSOC, EAC, ENTERPRISE
•   E-Learning Industry Group (e-LIG)
•   E-Skills Forum – Copenhagen, October 2002
•   E-Skills Forum – 2004
•   E-Skills Consortium – Industry association
•   ERISA
•   EASK – European Association for Skills & Knowledge
•   ECDL PD Project
•   Co-operation with CEPIS
•   Activities coordinated with Interel, Brussels
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Product Development Roadmap
  ECDL Programme



   Introductory          Core               Advanced        Specialist


                   Basic Concepts of IT   Advanced WP    ECDL Certified Training
  E-Kids*                                                Professional
  EqualSkills*     Using Computer &       Advanced
                   Managing Files         Spreadsheets   ECDL CAD
  E-Citizen**                                            ECDL Web Publisher**
                   Word Processing        Advanced
                                          Database       ECDL IT
                   Spreadsheets
                                          Advanced       Administrator**
                   Database
                                          Presentation   ECDL PD**
                   Presentation
                   Information &
                   Communication

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                           ECDL
                         Specialist

                   ECDL Advanced


                          ECDL Core

                        Introductory

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                           EqualSkills
• Origin
  Developed and piloted in collaboration with Irish government
  and ISC Skills. 80,000 participants in pilot.

• Aim
  Easy, un-intimidating entry to the computer world and the e-
  Society.

• Target Audience
  Introduction to IT for those who have never had any contact with
  computers.

• Structure:
  10+ hours of tutor led training covering introduction to using a
  computer, the Internet, e-mail.
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                             E-Citizen
• Origin
   Being developed by ECDL-F in collaboration with licensee
   network, Ireland, UK, Norway and Finland.

• Aim
  E-Inclusion as per the E-Europe 2005 Action Plan, e-Society,
  e-Government.

• Target Audience
  Introduction to IT for those who have little or no IT experience or
  knowledge.

• Structure:
  30+ hours of training, both independent and tutor led.
  A broader introduction to end user computing including applications.
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       ECDL Leading the Way…

             …for others to follow!




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Contact Details
David Carpenter
Chief Executive
The European Computer Driving Licence Foundation Ltd.
107 The Windmill, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay
Dublin 2
IRELAND
Ph:     +353 1 679 2847
Fax:    +353 1 679 2921
Email: david.carpenter@ecdl.com

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