"The European Union needs to ensure that the knowledge, skills, competence and creativity of the European workforce - especially its ICT practitioners - meet the highest global professional standard and are constantly updated in a process of effective lifelong learning."
- Michel Catinat, Head of Unit, ICT for Competitiveness and Industrial Innovation, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission
While the skills and technologies related to ICT have changed in the past forty years, the profession itself has not matured in parallel. Many of the concerns expressed twenty years ago, relating to low levels of professionalism, are still valid today.
Given the role of ICT as an enabler of productivity, this has important implications for European competitiveness. Furthermore, the increasingly pervasive nature of computing means that society at large is at greater risk from low levels of professionalism. The risks posed to society and economies dictate that steps be taken to mature the profession.
In 2012, a European Framework for ICT Professionalism, developed in conjunction with CEPIS, identified four building blocks required to mature the profession: a Body of Knowledge, Competences, Education & Training, and Professional Ethics. Maturing the profession will undoubtedly take time, but the time for engagement and action is now.