As technology has become ingrained in our daily lives, the ICT profession has become an essential in society, but it has failed to mature and be well-defined. When comparing ICT professionals to Medical or legal practitioners, they are bound by fewer regulatory standards and have fewer standardised qualifications. Indeed, the image of the lone ICT professional working out of a garage is one that is no longer relevant. The e-CF addresses this issue of maturity by adding transparency to the ICT skill sets.
The e-CF adds transparency to the ICT profession by well-defining competences that apply to the ICT workplace. The e-CF design is based on five e-Competence areas of ICT business processes: Plan, Build, Run, Enable, and Manage. This design makes the e-CF easy to directly apply to real-world situations, as it allows individuals and organisations to identify the skills that are required at every stage of ICT related work. This practicality ensures that people can use the competence in the e-CFs in a practical context and it makes it easier for employers to identify the skills that apply directly to their business.
As the e-CF is not based on job profiles but rather on competences required in the industry, it provides a significant amount of flexibility to the users, as they can reuse assessments for multiple job applications and projects. This reusability is due to the e-CF overall goal of providing a general and comprehensive assessment of ICT skills that can be customised into different situations. For instance, the e-CF could be used by a manager when they need to pair projects with the members of their work force, or when a HR representative is drafting a job description.
Overall, the e-CF defines the competences within the ICT field. The transparency of the e-CF is one of the reasons why the e-CF was adopted as a European standard and re-published as the European Norm 16234 in 2016. Moreover, as the e-CF continues to gain popularity, it serves as an essential tool of maturing the ICT profession. For this reason, we at ITPE are heavily committed to promoting the e-CF across Europe.
So what does this mean for ICT professionals? It means that they can enjoy a greater degree of transparency and guidance when evaluating their skills and searching for employment. The e-CF is easy to access and can be found online along with numerous assessments services that are based on the e-CF, such as ICT-Mastery.
ICT-mastery can identify the competence found in any text in English, French, German, Italian, and Dutch, or even your LinkedIn page. ICT-mastery and similar services offer to help individuals objectively determine their competences. By clearly identifying one’s competences, one can drastically improve the quality of their CV through or find a training program that is tailored to their needs. As such, these services are highly valuable for ICT professionals.