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Organization: ECDL Foundation(Association / NGO)
ECDL Foundation is the certifying authority of the leading international computer skills certification programme – ECDL / ICDL.
We support the continuous development of ICT skills through the use of structured training and certification programmes
ECDL Foundation's mission is to enable proficient use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that empowers individuals, organisations and society, through the development, promotion, and delivery of quality certification programmes throughout the world.
ECDL Foundation's values are:
Social Responsibility: as a not-for-profit organisation, we are committed to improving digital skills proficiency within society. Our certification programmes are designed to be accessible to all citizens, irrespective of age, gender, status, ability or race.
Vendor Independence: our certification programmes give candidates the flexibility and freedom to acquire digital skills and confidently apply them in any software environment that they may be required to use.
Quality: we strive for continuous improvements in all that we do and ensure that our programmes are implemented to consistent standards internationally.
Since ICT is now clearly entrenched in almost every sector of the economy we need to focus on strengthening the competence of the entire European labour force through digital skills proficiency. We've seen immense benefits to organisations through saving costs, and increasing their own employees’ efficiency via ECDL certification. In the Netherlands, ECDL Nederland, our national partner, co-commissioned a study which showed that workers’ lack of ICT skills could cost €19.3 billion losses in productivity for businesses and that's just in the Netherlands.
For an economically inclusive Europe, everyone entering the labour market needs to have the right digital skills to be able to function and thrive in day-to-day working life. As ICT becomes transversal in all areas of future jobs, it is dangerous to assume that all young people today who are referred to as ‘digital natives’ are automatically skilled enough to engage in the workforce.