Survey for end-user eSkills Framework project now open

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ECDL Foundation is currently leading a project that aims to survey the requirements for a proposed end-user e-Skills framework for use by industry, certifying organisations, regulatory authorities, and individuals. The project aims to propose practical tools to assist in having an effective understanding of end user e-Skills.

The project, which is funded by the European Commission (Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry), is part of the CEN / ISSS Workshop on ICT Skills, a European working group consisting of both national and international representatives from the ICT industry, vocational training organisations, social partners and other institutions. Further information on the CEN / ISSS Workshop current activities can be found at:,CEN_ISSS+Workshop+ICT+Skills.html


The future development of an end-user e-Skills Framework should be able to assist these groups by:

  • Contributing to activities in human resource planning and career / competence development in both large and small and medium sized enterprises.
  • Assisting enterprises and individuals to enhance employability and support their efforts in competence and career development.
  • Encouraging education and certification providers to improve quality and deliver relevant education and training opportunities.
  • Assist regulatory authorities in mapping end user e-Skills certifications and qualifications to framework at a national and European level.

Survey Participation
To facilitate the project aim, the project team are circulating a survey to key individuals and organisations representing the potential target groups for the framework. The survey links can be found below. Please complete the survey that is most relevant to your background and feel free to circulate it to relevant people from the target groups below in your market:

Training & Certification Organisations:

Government & Regulatory Organisations:

Human Resources & Recruitment Organisations:

Individuals (e.g. current ECDL / ICDL candidates, job seekers, company employees):

We would be obliged if you would volunteer your time to complete the survey to contribute to this project. It is estimated that the survey should take between 15 and 25 minutes to complete. Your input will be valuable to contributing to the development of a future end user e-skills framework. Please aim to complete the survey by Friday 18th December.

The results and recommendations of the end user e-Skills framework requirements project are planned to be published as a CWA (CEN Workshop Agreement) by June 2010.

The CWA will consist of:

  • An overview of the existing landscape of end-user e-Skills frameworks
  • The outcomes of the surveys of relevant target groups
  • Specific recommendations regarding the construction of an end-user digital skills framework and associated tool set.

For further information please contact the project leader Neil Farren.