ICT skills essential for jobs in government sector
ICDL Arabia survey reveals region should more to develop basic digital skills
ICDL Arabia, the regional arm of the ECDL Foundation, has said it recently noted that 85% of jobs in the public sector deem ICT skills an essential requirement for people who are interested in applying for various positions.
The survey took into account administrative, customer service, operational, sales and business development, marketing, and management roles.
In an effort to equip the public with the necessary skill sets, ICDL said it has restructured its certification programme to address the labour market's emerging needs.
Jamil Ezzo, director general, ICDL Arabia, said: "We must redefine the meaning of basic digital skills, skills in commonly-known office applications remain to be necessary, but they are no longer sufficient for today's workplace. Technology continues to evolve as should the ICT skills of all those that use technology. We believe the new ICT skills framework we are introducing is a necessity for all adults to perform their societal and professional responsibilities."
Ezzo added that: "It is crucial to invest in people to educate them with the latest skills to cater to the latest ICT trends in the market by implementing the relevant training programs to provide them with the necessary capacities to match the market's job requirements. To this end, ICDL has restructured its certification programme to provide essential training in social media, it security and online collaboration to reflect the latest technologies and emerging ICT trends as they apply today.
He pointed out that ICDL had previously announced the release of certifications in IT security, project planning, online collaboration and health information system usage (HIS). "All these can also be obtained as part of the ICDL Standard Certification or alternatively gained as stand-alone independent certifications," he added.