ECDL is a vocational qualification in basic computing skills, which is very popular worldwide and was designed for people who aim to have general qualification in computing and help them to improve their computer abilities and improve their likelihood of finding better work. ECDL is the most recognized and popular qualification in regards to work-related computer industry.
The BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT Awarding body co-ordinates the following ECDL programs in the UK:
European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL-Level 1) Essentials:
Electronic communication -learning how to communicate by email using Microsoft Outlook Application and use the internet to find the information you want.
IT user fundamentals - how to maintain the hardware, software and user file/folder management.
IT security for users - understanding the security threats facing computers so you can protect your data and stay safe.
European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL EXTRA-Full Level 2) Extra:
Word processing software - Creating documents in Word, editing and formatting work and using graphs, tables and pictures for a professional finish.
Presentation software - Produce high quality presentations in Power-point using graphs and charts.
Spreadsheet software - Using Excel application software to organize, summarise and present numerical or other data type information.
Improving productivity using IT - Choosing the right tools to save you time and effort on application such as word processing, presentations and spreadsheets.
European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL 7 Units) :
IT user fundamentals Builds the learner’s confidence by teaching basic interaction with computers, from start-up to productive use and basic computer housekeeping.
Using email and the internet Helps the learner understand how to use internet and email in a safe and secure way, explaining key terms and developing fundamental knowledge of computer security.
Security for IT users Provides the learner with an essential understanding of how to use a computer in a safe and secure manner, protecting their own data as well as that of other users.
Word processing Helps the learner use a range of basic word processing software tools and techniques to produce appropriate, straightforward or routine documents.
Spreadsheet software Enables learners to use a range of basic spreadsheet software tools and techniques to produce spreadsheets.
Presentation software Provides the skills to use a range of basic presentation software tools. Learners will be able to create text based or diagram based slide shows and lecture notes,
Database software Introduces learners to basic database software tools, enabling them to enter information, set up single tables and retrieve information by running database queries.
What are the benefits of the ECDL Qualifications?
Learners - BENEFITS
A candidate for a job will always be faced with the requirement to prove its IT and Computing skills, knowledge and competencies. Having the ECDL Certificate, the job-candidate has the sound and recognized proof that he/she has the level of competencies and skills required; thus increasing and enhancing the possibilities of employment. ECDL operates and is recognized in all countries of the European Union (and in many other countries). Holding the ECDL Certificate individuals are assured that their skills and competencies are recognized all over Europe
Employers - BENEFITS
Organizations all over the world use the ECDL as part of their system of "employee career development". Modern Organizations face the real and practical problem of measuring the competency in IT and Computing Skills of potential employees. The ECDL Certificate provides the proof and criterion of competency in computer skills of potential employees. Similarly, a company looking to train up its workforce will want to ensure that the money they spend on training courses is going to be well spent. ECDL Certificate holders have the skills and knowledge required to perform efficiently and effectively within the workplace using computer applications and tools that are required by modern organizations. Employing ECDL Certificate holders, saves the organization money that would otherwise be spent for training (and may be testing) these candidates.
Who Should Study For The European Computer Driving Licence?
Anyone who is serious about developing transferable computer skills to enhance their career marketability must gain their European Computer Driving Licence.
In fact, some employers, particularly in the public sector, insist that you have an ECDL qualification before they will consider your application.