Qtel adopts IT literacy certification for employees

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) has signed an agreement with International Computer Driving License Foundation (ICDL), to provide the ICDL digital skills program for its 1,900 administrative and operational employees.

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By  Sherief Younis Published  February 4, 2007

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) has signed an agreement with International Computer Driving License Foundation (ICDL), to provide the ICDL digital skills program for its 1,900 administrative and operational employees. Qtel is the first telecom company in the region to adopt the ICDL computer competency standard requirement for all its employees. The agreement will see the Foundation supply a state-of-the-art, in-house training centre to provide training and testing to all employees in accordance with the global standard of the ICDL program. “We have embarked on extensive transformation programs to make Qtel a leading full service telecommunications provider. "Our agreement with ICDL GCC Foundation will enable Qtel employees to gain fundamental computer skills that will lead them to confidently use the latest technology,” Jassim Al Mansouri, executive director Qtel, said. “A high level of IT proficiency among telecom sector employees is essential in today’s world of rapidly evolving communications technologies and services. "We are convinced that the ICDL certification will not only improve operational standards and competitiveness at Qtel but also will greatly support the government’s efforts in building a digital society in Qatar,” he added. With the mandate to operate and manage the ICDL program in the Gulf region, the ICDL GCC Foundation aims to promote – and improve - digital and computer skill levels in the Middle East. The ICDL program course instructs candidates in using a personal computer, teaches most critical computer software applications and the responsible use of computers. “We are glad to partner with Qtel at a time when the e-governance movement is gaining momentum in Qatar. Nowadays, it has become vital for organisations from the public and private sector; to have a competitive edge and IT proficiency of staff is the first step towards achieving this. "Information technology is increasingly penetrating our society and sound IT skills is the key to further the transformation to a knowledge-based society,” Jamil Ezzo, director general ICDL GCC Foundation, concluded.

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