I-TShape LLL LdV project - Newsletter 2. issue


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EUCIP - European Certification of Informatics Professionals - is a professional certification and competency development scheme, aimed at informatics professionals and practitioners.
It consists of a Core certification as well as 21 Specialised certifications for a range of competences which are set out in an array of job-specific profiles. In addition, there is a standalone certification for IT Administrators.

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I-TShape LLL LdV project - Newsletter 2. issue

  1. 1.       2013-­‐1-­‐HU1-­‐LEO05-­‐09615     it-­‐shape.hu   NEWSLETTER   2.  issue,  March  2014.   Page  1  of  5   This  project  has  been  funded  with  support  from  the  European  Commission.  This  publication  reflects  the  views  only  of  the  author,   and  the  Commission  cannot  be  held  responsible  for  any  use  which  may  be  made  of  the  information  contained  therein.   AICA  in  IT-­‐Shape   AICA  –  Associazione  italiana  per  l’Informatica  e  il   Calcolo   Automatico   –   is   an   Italian   Association,   member   of   CEPIS   the   Council   of   European   Professional  Informatics  Societies.  AICA  promotes   the   IT   professionalism     by   means   of   its   annual   Congress,   its   journal   “Mondo   digitale”,   researches,   projects   and   courses.   It   participates   to   the   CEN   IT   Skills   Workshop   which   has   developed   the   European   e-­‐Competence   Framework.   AICA   is   responsible   in   Italy   for   the   following   competence   frameworks   and   certification   systems:  e-­‐Citizens,  ECDL,  EUCIP.   AICA  works  with  schools  to  promote:   § users’  digital  competences,   § professional  informatics  competences,     § the   computational   thinking   as   a   crosswise   competence,   § the  use  of  ICT  in  the  teaching  of  all  disciplines   to  increase  the  effectiveness  of  learning.       Since  2010  AICA  has  promoted  a  project  aimed  at   the   Economical   Technical   Institutes,   specia-­‐ lisation   “Business   Information   Systems”.   The   proposal   is   to   involve   teachers   in   different   subjects   –   Computer   Science,   Business   Administration,   English,   Law   and   Maths   –   in   assuming  as  a  reference  the  EUCIP  core  syllabus   so  that  the  students  can  take  the  plan,  build,  and   operate   exams   and   achieve   the   EUCIP   core   certification.   The   project   started   with   3   schools   (on  440),  one  is  the  IS  Fermi  in  Pontedera  which   is  in  the  IT-­‐Shape  partnership.   In  2012  the  number  of  school  involved  arrived  to   89,   and   now   more   than   150   schools   are   joining   the  project:  that  means  a  quarter  of  the  total.     In   the   IT-­‐Shape   Transfer   of   Innovation   project   AICA,   together   with   IC   Skills   (IE),   is   the   donor.   AICA  brings  in  the  project  its  expertise  concerning   the   use   of   the   syllabus   and   related   certification   system  and  the  experience  in  transferring  it  from   the  corporate  world  to  the  schools.     Content   AICA  in  IT-­‐Shape  ...................................................  1   EUCIP  ....................................................................  2   EUCIP  Core  ...........................................................  2   EUCIP  professional  level  ......................................  3   EUCIP  IT  Administrator  ........................................  3   Why  I-­‐T  Shape?  ....................................................  4   Events  ...................................................................  4   Project  basics  .......................................................  5   This  issue  was  published  by:   AICA,  Italy   Editor:  Pierfranco  Ravotto     Copyright  ©  IT-­‐Shape  Consortium   The  EUCIP  description  is  taken  by  www.eucip.com  and  is   copyrighted  by  ECDL  Foundation.
  2. 2.       2013-­‐1-­‐HU1-­‐LEO05-­‐09615     it-­‐shape.hu   NEWSLETTER   2.  issue,  March  2014.   Page  2  of  5   This  project  has  been  funded  with  support  from  the  European  Commission.  This  publication  reflects  the  views  only  of  the  author,   and  the  Commission  cannot  be  held  responsible  for  any  use  which  may  be  made  of  the  information  contained  therein.   EUCIP     EUCIP  -­‐  European  Certification  of  Informatics  Professionals  -­‐  is  a  professional  certification  and  competency   development  scheme,  aimed  at  informatics  professionals  and  practitioners.     It  consists  of  a  Core  certification  as  well  as  21  Specialised  certifications  for  a  range  of  competences  which   are   set   out   in   an   array   of   job-­‐specific   profiles.   In   addition,   there   is   a   standalone   certification   for   IT   Administrators   EUCIP  Core   EUCIP  Core  provides  a  solid  foundation  for  all  types  of  ICT  related  work.  It  gives  a  broad  knowledge  of  the   fundamental  aspects  of  ICT.  It  encompasses  an  estimated  300-­‐400  study  hours,  but  this  is  dependent  on   the  prior  experience  and  knowledge  of  the  candidate.   EUCIP  Core  is  divided  into  three  Knowledge  Areas:   A)  Plan  Area:  The  Use  and  Management  of  Information  Systems   This   area   refers   to   requirements   analysis   and   planning   in   the   use   of   ICT   within   an   organisation.   It   is   therefore   directly   concerned   with   management   processes   and   defining   requirements   within   a   strategic   perspective.     B)  Build  Area:  Development  and  Integration  of  Information  Systems   This  area  includes  processes  for  specification,  development  and  testing,  and  maintenance  of  Information   Systems.  It  deals  with  methodological  and  technological  issues  related  to  development  processes.   C)  Operate  Area:  Operation  and  Support  of  Information  Systems   This   area   concerns   installation,   supervision   and   maintenance   of   ICT   systems.   Essential   topics   include:   Hardware  and  software  concepts,  management  of  networks,  service  delivery  and  support,  and  security.  
  3. 3.       2013-­‐1-­‐HU1-­‐LEO05-­‐09615     it-­‐shape.hu   NEWSLETTER   2.  issue,  March  2014.   Page  3  of  5   This  project  has  been  funded  with  support  from  the  European  Commission.  This  publication  reflects  the  views  only  of  the  author,   and  the  Commission  cannot  be  held  responsible  for  any  use  which  may  be  made  of  the  information  contained  therein.     EUCIP  professional  level     EUCIP's   Professional   level   demands   advanced   competence  in  a  particular  role.  The  professional   level  is  based  on  a  specialised  competence  that  a   candidate  may  earn  by  working  through  a  variety   of   educational   modules   and   by   gaining   practical   experience.  The  number  of  different  electives  for   ICT  related  jobs  can  be  quite  varied,  with  various   different   skills   classification   models   already   in   existence.   There   are   currently   21   EUCIP   Professional  Profiles  in  the  professional  range.     A  pre-­‐requisite  of  EUCIP's  professional  level  is  the   successful  completion  of  the  EUCIP  Core  Level.   In  Version  3.0  the  profiles  have  been  updated  to   include   references   to   the   European   e-­‐ Competence   Framework,   e-­‐CF,   a   reference   framework   developed   and   promoted   by   stakeholders   in   the   European   eSkills   domain   through   the   CEN   workshop   on   ICT   Skills.     EUCIP  IT  Administrator   IT  Administrator  is  a  standalone  certification  programme  that  certifies  practical  and  theoretical  knowledge   of  computer  technicians.  The  certification  covers  a  wide  range  of  Hardware,  Software  and  Networks   knowledge  areas.   The  programme  is  aimed  at  small  to  medium-­‐sized  companies  including  educational  institutes  that  require   in-­‐house  expertise  in  IT  and  individuals  who  wish  to  broaden  IT  knowledge  and  be  able  to  administer   networks.   The  candidate  that  has  successfully  completed  the  certification  programme  will  be  able  to:   • operate  as  market  consultant  for  purchasing  hardware  and  software  for  an  organisation     • install  the  computers  and  the  peripherals  purchased     • work  practically  with  computer  hardware     • help  and  support  the  network  users  with  everyday  problems     • operate  as  internal  technicians  for  hardware,  software,  printers  and  local  networks     • be  able  to  communicate  with  specialised  personnel  from  different  hardware/software  vendors     • follow  technical  developments  in  order  to  ensure  utilisation  of  new  technologies   • update  current  hardware  and  software     • assure  the  safety  of  the  company  data  by  protecting  them  from  loss,  virus  attacks  and  hacking       The   3.0   version   of   the   EUCIP   IT   Administrator   certification   has   introduced   a   EUCIP   IT   Administrator   Fundamentals   module,   which   requires   the   candidate   to   have   a   broad   understanding   of   hardware,   operating  systems,  networks  and  IT  security.  Following  completion  of  this  module,  candidates  can  progress   to  take  one,  some,  or  all  of  the  PC  Hardware,  Operating  Systems,  Networks,  or  IT  Security  modules,  all  of   which  have  been  revised  to  Syllabus  3.0.)  
  4. 4.       2013-­‐1-­‐HU1-­‐LEO05-­‐09615     it-­‐shape.hu   NEWSLETTER   2.  issue,  March  2014.   Page  4  of  5   This  project  has  been  funded  with  support  from  the  European  Commission.  This  publication  reflects  the  views  only  of  the  author,   and  the  Commission  cannot  be  held  responsible  for  any  use  which  may  be  made  of  the  information  contained  therein.   Why  I-­‐T  Shape? Demand   for   e-­‐skills   has   been   growing   steadily   during  the  last  years  all  over  the  world.  According   to  the  study  published  in  the  frame  of  European   e-­‐Skills  Forum:  “e-­‐Skills  shortages  will  result  in  an   excess   demand   of   384.000   ICT   practitioners   in   2015.”  An  important  conclusion  of  related  studies   was,  that  European  companies  "were  increasingly   struggling  to  hire  people  who  were  competent  in   both   information   technology   and   business   management.   Companies   need   so   called   "T-­‐ Shaped"   professionals   who   enter   the   workforce   with  a  strong  business  understanding,  ‘soft’  skills   and   knowledge   of   leading-­‐edge   technology.”   (Fonstad,   N.,   Lanivyn,   B.:   European   e-­‐ Competence   Curricula   development   guidelines,   Final   Reports,   European   Commission,   European   e-­‐Skills  Forum,  2010).    EUCIP   Core   -­‐   at   European   level   recognized   IT   qualification   -­‐   is   an   answer   exactly   to   this   demand   as   its   competence   framework   strongly   focuses   on   the   business   skills   related   to   the   fundamental  e-­‐skills.       The  certificate  was  established  by  CEPIS  (Council   of   European   Professional   Informatics   Societies)   and  has  been  used  with  success  already  in  seven   European  countries.     IT-­‐Shape   project   aims   to   adapt   EUCIP   Core   certificate  in  the  Hungarian  Vocational  Education.   The  main  impact  of  the  project  are  the  increased   chances   of   Hungarian   (young   and   adult)   people   getting   their   placement   at   enterprises,   by   offering   them   internationally   recognized,   true   pan-­‐European  IT  qualification.     I-­‐T  Shape    Consortium   Events   E-­‐Skills  International  Conference  -­‐  26  March,  Brussels   The  European  Commission's  DG  Enterprise  &  Industry  will  host  a  conference  on  the  international  dimension   of  e-­‐skills  in  cooperation  with  IVI,  CEPIS,  IDC,  and  empirica.  The  conference  will  focus  on  the  results  of  the   research  project  on  the  international  dimension  of  ICT  professionalism  and  the  impact  of  globalisation  on  e-­‐ skills.   The   event   will   bring   together   leading   experts   from   industry,   academia,   national   e-­‐skills   institutes,   industry  associations  as  well  as  related  governmental  entities.     The   conference   will   take   place   on  26   March   2014  in   Brussels   and   is   by   invitation   only.    Pre-­‐register  to  get  an  invitation  for  the  International  Dimension  of  e-­‐Skills  event.   See  more  at:  http://www.eucip.com/index.jsp?p=636&n=639&a=5015  -­‐  sthash.VNzwYykT.dpuf        
  5. 5.       2013-­‐1-­‐HU1-­‐LEO05-­‐09615     it-­‐shape.hu   NEWSLETTER   2.  issue,  March  2014.   Page  5  of  5   This  project  has  been  funded  with  support  from  the  European  Commission.  This  publication  reflects  the  views  only  of  the  author,   and  the  Commission  cannot  be  held  responsible  for  any  use  which  may  be  made  of  the  information  contained  therein.   Project  basics   Acronym:  I-­‐T  Shape   Title:  I-­‐T  Shape  –  Shape  European  Level  Competitive  IT  Certification  for  the  Hungarian  Vocational  Education     Duration:  1.October  2013  –  30  September  2015   Action  type:  Transfer  of  Innovation     Program:  Leonardo  da  Vinci  –  LLL  Subprogram   Participating  countries:  Hungary,  Italy,  Ireland   Website:  http://it-­‐shape.hu       Contact:  Mária  Hartyányi,  iTStudy  Hungary  Educational  and  Researching  Centre,  Hungary   E-­‐mail:  maria.hartyanyi@itstudy.hu,  skype:  hmaria718     Partnership   ITSTUDY  -­‐  iTStudy  Hungary  Ltd.     HU   AICA  -­‐  Association  of  Italian  Information  Technology   IT     ISF  -­‐  IS  Fermi  in  Pontedera   IT   ICS  -­‐  The  Irish  Computer  Society   IE   SZÁMALK  -­‐  Szalézi  Vocational  Highschool   HU     ÖJSZIGK  -­‐  Öveges  József  Vocational  and  Grammar  School   HU   NJSZI  -­‐  Neumann  János  Vocational  School  for  Information  Technology   HU   GJMSZI  -­‐    Galamb  József  Agricultural  Vocational  School   HU   NYME  -­‐  University  of  West  Hungary   HU   PMVA  -­‐  Enterprise  Development  Foundation  of  Pest  Country   HU     Target  groups   Primary  target  group:  Hungarian  VET  students,  career  changers,  non-­‐qualified  IT  practitioners,  job-­‐seekers   looking   to   break   into   the   industry,   secondary   target   group:   VET   teachers   and   trainers,   managers   and   employees  of  SMEs.     Objectives   Adaptation  and  localization  of  EUCIP  Core  in  Hungary  included  its  three  Knowledge  Areas  (Plan,  Build  and   Operate)   Elaborate  the  detailed  syllabuses  and  the  Hungarian  EUCIP  Core  Program   Validating  the  results:  piloting  the  first  module  by  involving  Hungarian  teachers,  50-­‐60  participants  from   vocational/university  and  adult  educational  institutes   Accrediting  EUCIP  Core  under  the  Hungarian  Program  Accreditation  System.     Work-­‐packages   WP1   Project  Management   WP2   Analysis  and  Design   WP3   EUCIP  Core  Adaptation   WP4   EUCIP  Core  Localization   WP5   Pilot  trainings   WP6   Evaluation   WP7   Valorisation   WP8   Dissemination