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Revenue Office reaches finals of European Digital Skills Awards 2017 for Continuous Professional Development

Well done to the Office of the Revenue Commissioners for making the finals of the European Digital Skills Awards 2017 for Continuous Professional Development.

The Office of the Revenue Commissioners made the final of Category 3: Digital Skills for ICT Professionals with their project 'Continuous Professional Development for ICT&L in Ireland'.

As part of their solution for managing CPD, Revenue have adopted CareerPlus - the Irish Computer Society's CPD management system which is free to individual society members. You can find out more at

Continuous Professional Development for ICT&L is a framework which was designed in 2016 to be implemented for 450 staff within the Information and Communication Technology and Logistics Division of the  Revenue Commissioners in Ireland. The goal is to help increase the skill level of staff members while also reducing the need for external resources by training internal staff to perform the roles currently occupied by them. 

Revenue were in great company for the final alongside massive multinationals Google and Samsung but special mention must also go to to UCD for their course - MSc, Graduate Diploma, and Professional Certificate in Digital Curation - which also made the final.


Twenty projects which encourage the development of digital skills in Europe were selected as finalists for the European Digital Skills Award 2017. The best projects promoting excellence in Digital Skills were awarded by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, at the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition conference in Brussels on 7th December. Winners and finalists will exhibit their projects at the conference.

The purpose of the Digital Skills Awards is to showcase initiatives that are original and can be scaled-up or replicated in other countries and sectors. A total of 243 projects applied in one of the following categories:

  • Digital skills for all – developing digital skills to enable all citizens to be active in our digital society
  • Digital skills for the labour force – developing digital skills for the digital economy by developing courses to support upskilling and reskilling workers, helping jobseekers and other actions on career advice and guidance
  • Digital skills for ICT professionals – developing high-level digital skills for ICT professionals in all industry sectors
  • Digital skills in education – transforming teaching and learning of digital skills in a lifelong learning perspective, including the training of teachers
  • Digital Skills for women and girls – attracting women and girls to learn digital competences for life and work.

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This is the second Digital Skills competition. The 20 finalists were selected by the European Commission and the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition secretariat. They assessed the impact  made by the project, the synergies between the different stakeholders involved, the scalability and replicability of the initiative as well as the effectiveness of the project. 

An independent jury composed of members of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Governing Board –  Alessandro Bogliolo, Professor University of Urbino, Coordinator of EU Code Week; Oliver Gruen, President of the European Digital SME Alliance; Ilona Kish, Director of Public Libraries 2020 Europe; Cheryl Miller, Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Leadership Institute; Bernd Welz, Executive Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer of SAP SE – chose the five winners.

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