eEducation (eSkills & eLearning) 

Digital skills are of paramount importance when applying for a job nowadays. The current offering of training packages does not equip sufficiently students and professional for the 21st century jobs and more effective planning and design of IT curricula, aligned degrees at vocational and university education levels would respond to the needs of a highly competitive digital economy.

Standards support the dialogue between educational and industry players to reach a common understating of qualifications and digital skills in Europe. CEN developed educational qualification models and conceptual frameworks that categorise and express ICT users and practitioners e-competences, including various degrees of granularity, across several proficiency levels.

The European e-Competence Framework for ICT practitioners(e-CF) has become a reference document listing 40 ICT competences that helps improve recognition of IT qualifications not only in Europe but worldwide.

News and events

Technical bodies and activities

CEN Technical Committees, which work is related to the eEducation field:

  • CEN/TC 353 - Information and Communication Technologies for Learning, Education and Training
  • CEN/ TC 428 - Project Committee - Professions for Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Sector Forum

A Sector Forum is a platform aiming at facilitating the exchange of information between the different stakeholders, coordinating and identifying the standardization needs in a specific field of CEN work.
There is no Sector Forum in the eEducation field.


Skills and eLearning

European legislation and mandates

Standardization contributes to important policy objectives such as reducing e-Skills shortages, gaps and mismatches as well as a persistent digital divide that affects productivity growth, competitiveness, innovation, employment and social cohesion in Europe and supports the employment strategy for ICT, particularly the increase in highly qualified ICT labour and promotion of digital skills across workforce - flagship priorities of the EC Communication COMM(2012) 'Towards a job-rich recovery' (pdf format).
Recently launched  the Grand Coalition for Digital Skills gave a new impetus to European policies objectives of relevance for the ICT sector:

Useful links and documents

See links under the section 'European legislation and mandates'.