ICDL promotes benefits of IT training to Saudi SMBs

ICDL Saudi Arabia promoting computer literacy to Kingdom's small-to-medium sized businesses

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ICDL promotes benefits of IT training to Saudi SMBs ICDL Saudi Arabia says SMBs in Saudi Arabia are missing out on the benefits of computer literacy.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 9, 2010

ICDL Saudi Arabia has announced a nationwide campaign to promote computer literacy and use of technology to SMBs in the Kingdom.

The KSA operation of the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) has developed digital proficiency programs to cater to the needs of the SMB sector, and is promoting the programs to companies in the country.

The ICDL campaign is intended to improve the skills and proficiency of SMB staff in Saudi Arabia, to enhance their efficiency. The company cited a study carried out in Italy that showed that ICDL certification gives a total return on investment of €2,261 (SAR 12,300; $3,280) per person annually as well as 47% competence increase from pre-training levels.

The study also said that digitally literate employees add real value to an organisation through increased overall efficiency and productivity, greater ability to achieve specific goals and objectives more effectively, reduction or elimination of unnecessary administrative burdens, substantial enhancement of internal and external communication, and greater uptake and utilisation of technology resulting in greater returns on investment in that technology.

Dr Sulaiman Al-Dhalaan, consultant, ICDL Saudi Arabia commented: "SMBs will greatly benefit from the ICDL certification because it will help them ensure that their staff are qualified to handle modern IT tools that help drive business performance. ICDL certification provides objective verification of employees' skills and demonstrates their competency to a recognised standard. Moreover, SMBs also benefit by being able to clearly define the set of skills required for employees to be effective, having greater ability to assess workforce skills and build a training plan, providing added motivation for employees, and offering a clear measure of the return on investment in training."

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