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12 December 2016 by eCF Alliance

e-Competence Qualification Profiles

        




In the beginning of July the partners of the eCF Alliance involved in work package 3 (Vocational ICT qualification and certification scheme) delivered the β-version of a Reference Scheme for ICT Related Vocational Qualifications, based on the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) 3.0. EXIN was in the lead of this work package, with great support from the other partners in the project.

The purpose of this reference scheme is to “translate” e-Competences into Qualifications. The scheme will guarantee VET mutual comparability and harmonisation of e-skills curricula at the EU level to enable ICT skilled professionals’ and workers’ mobility.

The reference scheme developed sets the basis for further work within the project.
It is fully aligned with the e-CF competences and their proficiency levels. Developing learning units based on this scheme will guarantee that students are able to acquire specific competences at a defined, comparable level.
The scheme will be updated making a link to the ESCO IT occupations, once these will be made available in the course of 2017. Regarding ECVET (European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training), references will be added once the learning units are finalised.

After the delivery of the β-version, feedback, comments and change proposals were collected. They will be taken into consideration for a later update and for the final version to be delivered at the end of the project.
The  work of the partners is now gravitating around the development of learning units (work package 4) for the following 6 e-CF competences, identified as particularly relevant to industry in the beginning of the project:

A.1       IS and Business Strategy Alignment
A.6       Application Design
A.7       Technology Trend Monitoring
B.3       Testing
D.2       ICT Quality Strategy Development
E.8       Information Security Management

Working on the development of learning units partners already came across several challenges and possible improvements. For instance, a quick win was made by integrating the knowledge areas of the Foundational ICT Body of Knowledge (BOK), an important pillar (1 of 4) of the ICT Professionalism framework.

For more information, please contact:
Jan Dirkx, EXIN
jan.dirkx@exin.com

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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