eSkills Quality Label study

With this study, running from January 2012 until March 2013, the European Commission aimed to improve transparency in the market of Industry Based Training and Certification (IBTC).

The IT certification world is a jungle with thousands (really!) of different certificates, ranging from technical ones (almost every provider of hard- or software does have some), via interesting Foundations in information management to high end ones. Moreover these certificates seem to live in their own universe, parallel to that of vocational and higher education.

The lack of transparency is a nightmare to HR departments and curricula developers who want to provide side entries, but most of all to professionals seeking guidance in taking their career step. Several European initiatives, mostly involving the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills, have been trying to resolve this by gradually developing standards for competences and generic job roles.

The eSkills Quality project is a major next step, as it seeks to provide means to distinguish different types of certification and training (by quality labels and mapping their results against the e-Competence Framework), collect and disseminate information about demand and supply of eSkills in Europe and provide a tool for guidance in learning, developing and certification of eSkills. Interestingly, the EC is keen in making the resulting eSkills Landscape Service also useful outside Europe. The current project will provide a prototype, so afterwards there will be enough opportunity for enhancement and improvement.

The final report of the eSkills Quality Label study can be found here.

View the video for a summary of the project’s results and a summary of the conference.

The two major partners involved in this project are empirica and EXIN.

empirica is a German, but very international, research and consultancy firm well known for their surveys on the demand and supply for ICT professionals.

EXIN is a Dutch, but equally very international certification institute for professionals in information management and information technology.

Both are well known knowledge centers in this area, certainly in Europe, as also is reflected in their participation in several of the above mentioned CEN initiatives.