CompuBase brings ICDL to UAE

CompuBase has been approved by the UAE’s Ministry of Education to become an accredited certification centre for the International Computer Driving Licence.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  September 4, 2002

CompuBase has received approval from the UAE’s Ministry of Education to become an accredited certification centre for the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL).

Sponsored by UNESCO and recognised in 57 countries, the ICDL certifies basic IT skills in seven different areas: using a computer, managing files, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations and information & communication, which includes the internet and email.

"ICDL is rapidly becoming an employment pre-requisite by renowned organisations worldwide. It brings a new dimension to computer training in the UAE, providing a practical, flexible and cost-effective way of learning, testing and certifying primary computer skills," says Jamil
Ezzo, deputy managing director, CompuBase.

"It is designed for anyone who wishes to enhance their IT skills and gain a basic qualification in computing, to help them with their current job or to enhance their career prospects," he adds.

The vendor neutral competency standard has been developed to increase knowledge of personal computers and the use of common computer applications. It is proving popular within the region with, for instance, the Jordanian government using it as the basis for a huge IT training program.

"As well as promoting and encouraging widespread computer literacy — so that all people, regardless of their background, can be part of the global information society — ICDL also benefits employers by providing a reliable and consistent benchmark against which to assess new employees' IT skills," said Ezzo.

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