CEPIS Mission


1 Introduction

Taking into account the feedback from Members, the following outlines the mission of CEPIS for the 2017-2020 period.

2 CEPIS Today

The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) is a non-profit organisation seeking to improve and promote high standards among IT professionals, in recognition of the impact that IT has on employment, business and society. CEPIS currently represents 32 member societies in 31 countries across greater Europe. Through its members, who are the professional IT bodies at national level, CEPIS represents approximately 450,000 ICT professionals.

Established in 1989, CEPIS has since grown to be more than just the European sum of its national parts. In addition to the resources it provides its members to support their activities, the association has established itself as the authoritative voice and principal network for European ICT professionals. It has successfully developed a privileged relationship with the European institutions and Brussels-centric stakeholders, promoting the development of the information society, and pushing the digital skills and IT professionalism agenda for the benefit of society and the economy.

CEPIS of today is influenced by the goals adopted in 2009:

1. to raise the profile and promote the views of European informatics societies and professionals, within the European Institutions

2. to promote the development of the Information Society through digital literacy, skills, education and research and professionalism

3. to remain the principal network of European IT professionals

4. to lead the field of independent European ICT certification organisations

CEPIS of today is influenced also by the strategy adopted for the period 2010-2013. The strategy has identified six strategic objectives:

1. Skills

2. Professionalism

3. Education and Research

4. Green ICT

5. Women in ICT

6. Member Relations & Communication.

The goals and tasks contained in the strategy related to these strategic objectives were not very specific: some of them were short-term, some of them only schematic referring to future specification. The implementation of the strategy has been evaluated by the CEPIS Council for the period of 2013-2014 and 2015-2016.

According to the strategy there were three task forces active: TF for Professionalism, TF for Green ICT and TF for Women in ICT, and two special interest networks: SIN on Computing in Schools and SIN on Legal and Security Issues. The interest of Member Societies in taking part in some of these groups has been limited.

The most successful achievements of CEPIS until now are:

The development of the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF), which has become a European standard in 2016 (in the frame of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) Workshop on ICT Skills chaired by CEPIS for over a decade)

The success of the ECDL programme for certifying end-user digital skills in Europe and worldwide implemented by ECDL Foundation (created by CEPIS and its Member Societies) and Member Societies of CEPIS as national operators of ECDL in Europe

The privileged relationship with European institutions in the area of Information Society through the active role of CEPIS representatives and the Brussels-based Secretariat of CEPIS.

3 CEPIS Tomorrow

3.1 Mission Statement

CEPIS aspires to promote Best Practice for IT Professionals and Users throughout Europe

3.2 Target Audiences

target audience

The audiences indicated below are the targets for CEPIS activities.

IT Professionals: Individuals currently working in IT or professionals who are working as e-leaders

Future IT Professionals: Individuals who, in the future, may become IT Professionals – the pool of talent that can help fill the IT job vacancies.

Workforce: Almost everyone needs digital skills to be active in the workforce. This category includes those engaged in, or available for, the labour market in Europe, regardless of the industry sector.

Society: This category includes all people living in Europe who are affected by the ubiquitous growth of IT and addresses those issues that are important for everyone, but may not fit into any of the other three categories.

3.3 Strategy

cepis 4 pillars

Agreement was reached on four pillars of activity that represent the critical areas of action for CEPIS. These are:

3.3.1 Promoting High Standards for IT Professionals

Promoting high standards to further mature and promote IT professionalism. This includes working to promote the European e-Competence Framework and the EU ICT Job Profiles, working with the European Standards Body, promoting professional ethics, and EU advocacy.

Goal: To actively contribute to the development of the four pillars of ICT professionalism (competence, education and training, ethics, and bodies of knowledge) and promote the

maturation of the profession in Europe.

Activities: This pillar includes the development of ITPE, activities of SIN on Professional Ethics, the promotion of e-skills and competences and influence on the work on Job Profiles of IT Professionals - second release, advocacy towards the EC, and sharing of best practice in education and training in long life learning.

3.3.2 Growing the Pool of Future IT Professionals

Ensuring the future supply of IT workers will meet demand. This includes actions such as improving the image of the profession, sharing best practice from National Coalitions for Digital Skills and Jobs, including universities and IT business sector partnerships, encouraging a better gender balance, reskilling, and advocating for the introduction/improvement of Computer Science in primary and secondary schools.

Goal: To facilitate member collaboration and sharing of best practice on efforts to build the gender balance in IT and inspire more young people to pursue IT-related education and careers.

Activities: This pillar includes the activities of SIN Computing in Schools, TF on Women in ICT, sharing of best practice on how to reskill those who wish to become IT professionals, and on how to equip those from other professions to improve IT applications in their domain. It encompasses also the sharing of best practice of those who are the most effective in closing the skills gap and filling IT job vacancies, including the experience from the Coalitions for Digital Skills and Jobs, universities and VET (also connecting the vision of professionals and the world of academia), IT sector partnerships, etc.

3.3.3 Promoting Digital Competence for the Workforce

Advocating for a digitally competent and skilled general workforce in support of employability and higher productivity.

Goal: To ensure that all citizens have the opportunity to acquire the digital skills needed for the workforce, including students in schools, employees in almost 90% of existing jobs and unemployed job seekers.

Activities: To advocate for all citizens to have access to digital skills training and certification programmes. To share best practice of how to include the digital skills agenda into education at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, into the lifelong learning programmes for the employed and unemployed, into the ICT training of public administration employees. To promote ECDL as the programme of choice in this area. To report on the status of digital competence in the EU at the CEPIS Council.

3.3.4 Making IT Good for Europe:

Advocating for the socially responsible adoption, secure, ethical, inclusive and environmentally friendly application of IT in Europe. Actions include promoting legal and security issues (data privacy, cyber security, etc.), having due regard to those who can’t use IT and those who won’t use IT because they lack trust in the technology or its application, sharing best practice on the impact of the Information Society, the Digital Single Market, Industry 4.0, accessibility and inclusion, sharing information on the introduction of electronic services in public administration and the readiness of users to consume them, the influence of AI and IoT on society, and new legislation in the area.

Goal: To facilitate member discussions and common actions on IT issues that may impact the whole of society, including the Digital Single Market, Industry 4.0, accessibility and inclusion, the introduction of electronic services in public administration and readiness of users to consume them, AI and IoT influence on society, and environmental and legislative aspects of the Information Society.

Activities: This pillar encompasses the establishment of a new TF on the Information Society, and continuity in the virtual TF Green ICT and SIN on Legal and Security Issues. It can also include AI, big data, and any other issues that members wish to work on. It can include discussions in the frame of ECDL on the e-Citizen programme - providing user skills to the senior generation and also to people threatened by the digital divide.

1.4. Supporting Activities

The ongoing good governance of CEPIS is necessary to ensure that CEPIS can continue to fulfil its mission. This includes governance matters, member relations, internal and external communication and the building of partnerships on a European level as well as the effective exploitation of already existing memberships and partnerships in terms of benefits to CEPIS and to member societies.