Organisations representing the interests of employers or professional employees, involved in Information Technology, regularly promote and communicate the opportunities and challenges within their remit. The e-CF provides a common structure and reference to which they can refer to illustrate and quantify topical issues.
This section provides examples of organisations applying the e-CF in this context; they have agreed to be featured here.
CEPIS promotes the e-CF EU-wide and has developed the e-CF based e-Competence Benchmark.
“Organizations must be able to understand the core areas of IT expertise required by different roles, in order to recruit and develop suitable employees, and maintain adequate levels of competences. The e-CF is the ideal tool to support organizations in doing so. Previously, there was no way to express ICT competences and skills requirements and gaps on a European level. Similar initiatives exist elsewhere, such as the UK and Japan, and this is very positive. With the e-CF, there’s a recognized standard, one that can provide a common language within Europe and beyond.”
Fiona Fanning, CEPIS Secretary General
The French association of big ICT user companies applies e-CF as a basic reference for describing competences relevant to each job profile of the CIGREF framework.
Increasingly IT jobs are exposed to very fast evolution. Technology imposes a rhythm which pushes ICT needs, uses, and resultant jobs. This is why CIGREF is interested in organising IT jobs and then in the management of IT competences needed to answer effectively the needs of IT departments. For this purpose, CIGREF has for many years maintained an IT Job Profiles Nomenclature. The e-Competence Framework is a very useful tool which supports the continuation of this profile catalogue. CIGREF has just used it to complete its competence vision for the new version of the IT Jobs Profiles Nomenclature. This enables companies to benefit from appropriate competences while defining jobs. It also answers effectively the need for competence forecasting to address continuous professional development within an international context.”
Frédéric Lau, Directeur de mission
CIONET promotes the use of standards amongst its members. Having one common and neutral framework for e-skills across Europe increases options for training and sourcing of IT talent. This will make it cheaper and more readily available and will help sourcing of IT talent. CIONET observes a growing interest and use of the e-CF within its members.
“The e-CF provides the neutral basis for a common understanding of the stakeholders – policy makers, vendors, end-users, academics, and the IT professionals – to help promote, produce and professionalize Information Technology across Europe.”
Frits Bussemaker, secretary general international relations
The European e-Skills Association has initiated the European e-Competence Framework Pledge, recognising the importance of the e-CF as a common language for ICT competences, and supporting all the efforts made at national level to promote the adoption and take-up of the e-CF. The Pledge has been signed by CEPIS, CIONET, Cisco, Comptia, DigitalEurope, ECDL Foundation, EeSA, EuroCIO, EXIN, HP, IBM, Intel, Innovation Value Institute, IWA, Linux Professional Institute, Microsoft, PIN-SME, Rete Competenze per l’Economia digitale.
European CIO Association (EuroCIO) supports the e-CF framework and uses it in its own communications.
“The e-CF best practices are rolled out in various organizations that are part of EuroCIO such as Airbus, EuroDisney, Thyssenkrupp, Bayer, Daimler and National Bodies such as French CIGREF or Italian AICA. One of the workgroups of EuroCIO, the TASTE Council focusing on “Talent, e-Skills Transformation & Education” will further promote this best practices sharing across EuroCIO members.”
Freddy Van den Wyngaert / Chairman of the Board
The European Digital SME Alliance does not apply directly e-CF. However, our constituency, digital SMEs, benefit from it as it helps to harmonise ICT curricula across Europe.
“The European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) offers a solution for harmonization of ICT curricula in Europe. The European Digital SME Alliance believes that e-CF, if consistently applied by public authorities and companies all over Europe, will create better conditions for SMEs to grow. In particular, e-CF will ease the mobility of skilled people across countries and, thus, facilitate the recruitment of ICT practitioners by SMEs.”
Sebastiano Toffaletti, Secretary General
The organisation uses the e-CF for cyclic analysis and testing of ICT competences in Poland. The e-CF is seen as the appropriate basis for benchmark and periodic evaluation of competences in the sector.
The Spanish entity dealing with the accreditation of ICT professionals from a European and vendor-independent perspective uses the e-CF as the reference standard for developing accreditations, defining training paths, providing career orientation and for employability projects, by adapting the expertise in EUCIP to the current e-CF version 3.0.
GAIA is member of the e-Jobs Observatory http://www.e-jobs-observatory.eu/, European platform for e-Skills and e-Competences, for 10 years, working for the identification and definition of new professional profiles. Through this platform Gaia has 17 professional profiles accredited under e-CF. These professional profiles that are in accordance and certified to satisfy Labour market needs, he European Qualification Framework (EQF), and the e-Competence Framework (e-CF).
“In 2015, according to Eurostat data, more than one enterprise out of three, which recruited or tried to recruit personnel for jobs requiring ICT specialist skills, had hard-to-fill vacancies in almost every EU Member State. Identifying emerging Jobs and setting up core job profiles that determine knowledge, skills and competences needs is a formal step to support transparency of qualifications. The e-CF could be the framework to certify qualified jobs and support the procedure to promote training and development, based on market needs, and thus increase the availability of professionals across Europe.
Mr. Jokin Garatea, Director of International Department
IWA Italy is the promotor of Web Skillls Working Group that, in december 2014 published 25 Web competence profiles completely e-CF 3.0 compliant. The Web Skillls Working Group comprises over 200 participants (sector associations, professionals, sector firms, etc.). In january 2016, the Italian Normative Organization UNI, published UNI 11621-1/4: 2016 Attività professionali non regolamentate – Profili professionali per l’ICT“, that, in third part norms the Professional profiles for professionals working in Web.
e-CF is seen within Ngi-NGN as the most suitable way to communicate transparently and efficiently about functions, positions, education and ICT competencies, etc… in such a way that f.e. a curriculum vitae or a story is understood and can be “translated” in different languages and frameworks.
The Dutch sector association hosts a public e-CF registry for professional active in IT, and provides e-CF assessments tools to periodically (re)assess Professionals.
“Increase transparency and visibility by registering your competences in e-CF registry. The registry is setup and maintained by procedures that are compliant with the ISO 17024:2012 standard”
Jos Timmermans RI President
ICS will shortly deploy a system in which e-CF is used by its members (in collaboration with their managers) to plan their continuous professional development activity. CPD goals will be set with a view to targeting CPD at the competences individuals and employers wish to see developed.
“We and the IT professionals we represent are delighted to see e-CF becoming a National and European standard. The challenge now is to develop practical and innovative implementations using e-CF to benefit ICT professionals, their employers and the profession as a whole.”
Tom O’Sullivan, Deputy CEO
The Italian trade union uses the e-CF in the context of national labour contract of the tertiary, distribution and services agreement.
“In order to overcome the diverse terminology for ICT skills and competences in Europe and to improve the recognition of skills and the career development of workers in the sector, the creation of a specific skills management structure and a shared definition of relevant ICT role profiles is necessary. The European e-competence framework provides a useful basis to establish such a common understanding.”
Birte Dedden, UNI Europa ICTS Policy Officer
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