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1 February 2006

Readiness Building for the Worker in the Information Society

Readiness Building for the Worker in the Information Society

There is hardly an occupation now-a-days that would not require at least minimum ICT competence. With this in mind concerted efforts to enable computer education on a wide scale started in Finland already well over a decade ago resulting in a whole Computer Driving Licence family. Presently under development is yet another computer driving licence exam, this time aimed specifically at buttressing the needs of the worker in Information Society.

While the previously developed exams concentrate on acquiring computer skills from the computer’s functional point of view, the new exam will focus on integrating ICT into work processes. Thus, the viewpoint in the new exam expands from an individual to teams and projects. In practice this means collecting the information and communications related demands placed on the worker under one exam in which information, its gathering, processing, management, and distribution play the center stage.

The development of the exam has been realized in unison with educational and labour administration, training organizations, and labour unions.

The aim of the new exam is to be versatile in that it fits for both spontaneous self-study as well as companies’ personnel training. The exam’s development started in May 2005 and piloting of the exam will take place during 2006. The exam will be completed in the beginning of 2007.

The exam will become the newest member of Finnish Information Society Development Centre TIEKE’s Computer Driving Licence family presently comprising of four exams: basic @-Level exam to the more advanced A-Level, AB-Level, and Wireless Communication Exams. The prerequisite for taking the new exam directed to the worker in the information society is mastering the requirements corresponding to passing the @-Level Exam testing the basic skills such as familiarity of a computer, word processing, information retrieval and Internet, e-Mail, and the rudimentary use of selected software. HRT

For additional information contact:

Aki Enkenberg
TIEKE
358 9 4763 0309
aki.enkenberg@tieke.fi
www.tieke.fi/in_english/computer_driving_licence/

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