ICDL to Skill 5,000 Civil Servants in Thailand and Contribute to Asia-Wide Standardised Skills Framework
29 February 2013
The ICDL programme in South East Asia received another major Government endorsement with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between ECDL Foundation, the Thailand Ministry of ICT (MICT), the Telephone Organisation of Thailand (TOT) Academy, and Plan-it Consultants (the ICDL Asia Accreditation Partner in Thailand).
As part of the ‘Smart Thailand’ initiative, 5,000 civil servants will undergo ICDL digital literacy certification, utilising the new flexible ‘ICDL Profile’ concept. The partnership will adapt the ECDL Foundation-managed ‘European Certification of Informatics Professionals’ programme to create, for the first time, a vendor-independent global skills standard for ICT professionals that will be co-ordinated across the ASEAN region by MICT.
The signing ceremony, held at TOT’s Headquarters in Bangkok featured speeches by Gp. Capt. Anudith Nakornthap, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, and Daniel Palmer, General Manager, ICDL Asia.
According to Daniel Palmer:
“Implementation of recognised national and regional skills standards is a vital part of the realisation of an efficient and developed workforce and benefits both employees and employers alike. Through this partnership we aim to assist MICT in turning their vision of an ASEAN ICT skills standard into a practical reality for the direct benefit of the sector in the region.”