Today the nature of the ICT jobs is changing. Technology is developing rapidly and this challenges our current, traditional ways of educating people. It is no longer enough to merely be a technical expert or specialist. The industry needs professionals with a diversity of knowledge and skills in ICT. ICT professionals are required to also understand the business, operational and HR management aspects. However, at the moment, there is still no international authoritative source that defines and organises the core knowledge of the ICT discipline.
The European Commission launched this new initiative on e-Skills and ICT Professionalism as part of the EU e-Skills strategy and with a view to support the development of a pan-European Foundational ICT Body of Knowledge in 2014 – and we’re proud to have been awarded the contract. The purpose of this project is to contribute to developing tomorrow’s ICT professionals. The European Foundational ICT Body of Knowledge will provide the basis for a common understanding of the foundational knowledge each ICT professional should possess. It will serve as the go-to reference for individuals, academia and industry, and hence will contribute to educating and developing tomorrow’s multidisciplinary ICT professionals.
The first draft version is currently available for review (until end of October). This version was constructed following analysis of relevant studies and existing Bodies of Knowledge, as well as a broad consultation of stakeholders through interviews, workshops and online surveys. Anyone interested is welcome to share views on the work in progress.
International cooperation has also been established with key stakeholders in other regions of the world sharing the same goals (e.g. in the US, Japan, Canada, Brazil, Australia etc.). This initiative aims to build and strengthen that collaboration. Representatives from IEEE and IPA (Japan) will be presenting their views on developments and international collaboration during the e-Skills Conference, that we’re organising on 2 & 3 December in Brussels. Over 200 people will join us for an exicting event that revolves around maturing the ICT-profession and the role of a Body of Knowledge in that regard. Key note speakers from Industry, Government, Education and professional associations will share their views on development of e-Skills – under chairmanship of our Innovation expert Hans van Grieken.