CEN Workshop on ICT Skills

CENThe European Committee for Standardization (CEN) is a business facilitator in Europe, removing trade barriers for European industry and consumers. Its mission is to foster the European economy in global trading, the welfare of European citizens and the environment. Through its services it provides a platform for the development of European standards and other technical specifications.

CEN/ISSS (Information Society Standardization System) was created in mid-1997 by CEN as the focus for its ICT activities. Within CEN/ISSS there are a number of different ICT workshops which are based on an open process combining the tried and tested backing of the formal standardization environment with a fast, market-driven approach. The establishment of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills was proposed by CEPIS, Cedefop and the ICT industry. CEPIS continues to be heavily involved in the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills which has been chaired by CEPIS for more than a decade.

The Workshop has contributed to the long-term development of the e-Skills Agenda of the European Commission since. It aims to address e-skills shortages, gaps and mismatches as well as the persistent digital divide that affects productivity growth, competitiveness, innovation, employment and social cohesion in Europe. The CEN Workshop on ICT Skills has resulted in the creation of numerous CEN Workshop Agreements (CWA). These are deliverables that may take the form of best practice agreements, codes of conduct or pre-standards, with the formal backing of CEN.

One of the most well know CWA is the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF). It provides a reference of 40 competences that apply to the ICT workplace. It describes the competences, skills and knowledge requirements of ICT professionals at five proficiency levels.

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In 2013 the decision to make the e-CF a European standard (EN) was taken. In order to achieve this, the Project Committee CEN/PC 428 was established.

Other significant outputs of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills include:

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