Training companies target local users

ICDL GCC Foundation, the recently formed regional office of the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Foundation, will be telling visitors to this year’s show all about the IT education programme and the way it is being adopted by governments and private sector companies throughout the Middle East.

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By  the Gitex Times Staff Published  August 30, 2004

ICDL GCC Foundation, the recently formed regional office of the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Foundation, will be telling visitors to this year’s show all about the IT education programme and the way it is being adopted by governments and private sector companies throughout the Middle East. From its two-tier stand in the Sheikh Rashid Hall, the organisation will walk show visitors through its courseware and introducing them to local firms currently running ECDL/ICDL ATS accredited programmes. At the time of going to press, six such training companies had confirmed their presence on the stand, including NCC, Electric Paper and Element K. While the bottom tier of the ICDL GCC Foundation’s stand will be buzzing with partners and informal conversations about the organisation’s activities, level two will be devoted to hosting meetings with visiting professionals and guests. Senior officials from ICDL GCC Foundation, as well as partners, will be on hand to offer insights into the various programmes of ICDL and its regional initiatives. “We expect a good turnout as the ICDL programme has made excellent progress at the government level in the GCC this year,” says Jamil Ezzo, director general of the ICDL-GCC Foundation. “We have extended invitations to GCC ministers, undersecretaries, and decision makers within the government and the education sectors. We anticipate representatives from all the GCC Ministries of Education and Higher Education will visit Gitex [and our] ICDL GCC Foundation stand to learn more about our programmes. In addition, all governmental vocational schools will be invited to visit our stand,” he adds. Another company touting its training services at this year’s show is Humansoft, which provides learning solutions, e-learning offerings, career development advice, English language lessons and business & IT training. At the show, the firm will be showcasing its learning curricula and the concepts that it has provided to clients from both public and private sectors in the Middle East. “Our mission is to offer integrated solutions in the fields of human and technological development. This enables us to empower our clients to be users, and creators of knowledge in order to help them achieve their objectives,” says Nadeem Younis, general manager of Humansoft Middle East. The training vendor will also showcase its integrated learning solutions for career development to all youth segments entering the job market. This training relies on the integration of various components Humansoft provides, such as English language, computer, management and self-development, in addition to career counselling. In addition, there will be representatives from computer and business training sectors offering advice on the latest application course to enhance work life and technical course that are necessary to prepare for certification in the region. Humansoft believes its services are unique in the marketplace as they are all authorised by well-recognised brands and companies such as Microsoft, Sun, HP, Oracle, Prometric, Thomson NETg and Prometric. Finally, Element K Middle East will also be at Gitex as the e-learning provider attempts to drum up interest for its 1,600-plus online courses. The company will also be showcasing its latest offerings in e-learning courses and learning management systems. “Online instruction is gaining wide acceptance in the region and an increasing number of organisations are enquiring about Element K solutions, which will improve employee performance and productivity. Element K Middle East is in the process of developing training solutions for a wide range of both corporate and educational entities throughout the region and Gitex offers us with the perfect platform to demonstrate the benefits of our courses and learning management systems,” says Susan Bodinson, senior VP at Element K Middle East.

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