Technology has become a staple of everyday life for most people, whether it's for healthcare, finance, socialising, navigation and other activities. As indispensable as it has become, blind adoption of technology brings with it many risks and challenges. As we acquaint with our digital selves, we are moving further away from our physical ones. We are losing perspective on what can happen behind our screens, including increasing risks to our privacy, security and personal relationships.
For the IT sector, there is an obligation to mature the profession and keep skills up to date, reaching the highest global professional standard. The European Union have implemented the e-Competence Framework (e-CF) for that purpose, designed to foster the IT profession in Europe through standardisation of skills. This allows professionals to examine and plan out their career paths, increasing the overall value of the profession. ICS, similarly, have incorporated the e-CF into our training solutions in addition to our Continuous Professional Development programme.
The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition is a European initiative to improve digital skills in Europe, and our role is to establish and maintain the Irish Coalition, to create and maintain our contribution to the wider European project, convening stakeholders in industry, government, education and the voluntary sector to ensure there is an adequate pipeline of talent and competence to support their activities and business. These stakeholders or “partners” will initially share their current endeavours to nurture the talent pool, and as a result of this dissemination, will be motivated to plan additional and better initiatives, pledging to reach targets that will secure the future of a tech-enabled economy, on both the supply and demand sides.
We ask each stakeholders to become a partner in our National Coalition, sharing best practice and creating new initiatives in skills improvement and professional development from their organisations, both internally and in the community. Communicating approaches to talent management enables everyone to highlight achievement and for us in Ireland, to emulate the best in Europe to add to our repertoire.
The Irish National Coalition will be formally launched by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and André Richier of the European Commission, at IT Professionals Day, on the 27th April, during our annual Tech Week festival. Tech Week brings the objectives of the coalition out of the boardroom and into the classroom, and it provides a great opportunity for the organisations to celebrate their IT Professionals and for the employees to proclaim their professionalism.
For IT Professionals Day, we are asking IT professionals to adopt the 'Three Cs': Commit, Connect and Contribute:
• Commit to the ICS professional code of conduct, published by the Irish Computer Society
• Connect, strengthen your skills and continue your professional development
• Contribute your time to help worthy causes across Ireland
More information about this pledge can be found on the IT Professionals Day website.