e-Competence Framework: a European Standard for the Digital Economy  

Being able to navigate the digital economy is fundamental for businesses to remain competitive. For this reason, the EU has set up on a quest to create a fully developed Digital Single Market and ensure European workforce is fit for the digital age. To achieve this strategically important objective, European standards have an important role to play, as they can help businesses meet the challenge of digitization.

One of the most successful examples is EN 16234-1:2016 ‘e-Competence Framework (e-CF) - A common European Framework for ICT Professionals in all industry sectors - Part 1: Framework’. It provides the first European-wide reference framework of the competences of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Professionals. The objective of this European Standard is to provide a common European language for ICT competence: it sets a reference for 40 competences and reflects current needs from ICT business and from the job market.

EN 16234-1 sets out the principles and good practice for the determination of digital competences in any organisation of any size in the public or private sector, thus helping the design and/or ongoing development of an organisation’s human resources capability: the e-Competence Framework provides basic, clear and sound orientation to support decisions about recruitment, career paths, competence planning, training, and assessment.

The standard is intended for top management in the ICT service, user and supply organizations and those responsible for implementing the strategies to reskills and upskill their staff and for maintaining and testing the procedures associated with such capabilities.

The standard benefits an expanding user community from all over Europe and has demonstrated already to be a valuable tool for ICT industry and HR sector-specific processes around skills, qualifications needed for HR development.

EN 16234-1 was developed through a collaboration between experts and stakeholders from many different countries overseen by CEN Technical Committee 428 ‘ICT Professionalism and digital competences’. The standard is currently undergoing a review. Stakeholders interested to take part in the revision of the digital competence can contact their national bodies for more information. 

For more information, please contact Alina IATAN.

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