Our world digitises rapidly. Professionals with a wide variety of ICT knowledge and skills are essential to shape this transition. Unfortunately there is a significant difference between required and available ICT competences. The demand (vacancies) does not match the supply (CVs). Both organisations and professionals face nuisance: organisations see a slowdown in growth, and the employability of professionals decreases.

 

ecf 170x90Probably the biggest waste of all is the massive confusion of tongues about what someone should know and be able to do. As a result, the market is inactive to structurally do something about it. This website offers tools to make ICT competences transparent and visible. This quantifies the gap between supply and demand. This leads to action.

To do so, we make use of semantic software and the e-CF competence framework.

 

How are ICT competences defined

e-CF, the European e-Competence Framework, is the standard for digital competences that is applied throughout Europe. e-CF ensures a uniform meta language for management, professionals, HRD and trainers. Within e-CF, the concept of e-Competence is defined as follows:

 

The demonstrated ability to apply knowledge, skills and attitudes
for achieving observable results.

 

This sounds rather abstract, but the detailing of the 40 e-Competences puts an end to much confusion and is a connecting link in the development of people.

 

competence link

 Remarks:

  • Competences are not the same as job descriptions. One job description includes multiple competences.
  • Personality traits such as 'passion', 'good fellowship' and 'perseverance' are no separate competences in e-CF but are called 'attitudes' and 'soft skills'.
  • e-CF roughly consists of 50% technological and 50% organisational competences. ICT is no longer the exclusive domain of "computer nerds".

 

Who are ICT-professionals

Classic ICT-professionals include software designers, developers, testers, system administrators, and information security experts.

When you think about ICT-professionals, you might not immediately think of purchasers, help-desk employees, trend watchers, account managers, service managers, HR staff and trainers. But if these people deal with Information Management, Information Provision, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Hardware, Delivery Management, Change Management, etc. then, in accordance with the e-CF, these officers indeed are ICT professionals. In all these cases this website is useful.