Why ICDL

ICDL programmes are for anyone who wishes to become fully competent in the use of a computer and common applications. Computer skills enable people of all ages to understand and use technology to improve their personal and professional lives. ICDL modules provide a practical programme of up-to-date skills and knowledge areas which are validated by a test.


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BENEFITS OF ICT SKILLS FOR INDIVIDUALS

The ability to use a computer effectively is an essential life skill. Computer skills enable people of all ages to understand and use technology to improve their personal and professional lives. A computer skills certification can help the holder’s professional life by making them more attractive to employers, while increasing their ability to communicate and access information and services in their personal life.

HELP INDIVIDUALS COMMUNICATE, CONNECT, AND INTERACT WITH OTHERS

  • Communicate with friends and family
  • Connect with communities of like-minded people through social networks, email, or blogs
  • Interact using online technologies, for example, instant messaging, webcams, VoIP, online education, and entertainment

ENABLE ACCESS TO A RANGE OF INFORMATION AND SERVICES THAT CAN SIMPLIFY LIFE AND SAVE TIME

  • Make purchases online and shop around for the best value
  • Manage accounts and pay bills online
  • Deal with officials, send forms, and find information online through government services

INCREASE INDIVIDUALS’ CONFIDENCE, MOTIVATION, AND POTENTIAL FOR USING TECHNOLOGY

  • Make the best use of their time and get the most out of their computer
  • Track household accounts quickly and easily in spreadsheets
  • Create professional-looking letters
  • Access news, information and entertainment

FACILITATE LEARNING BEYOND FORMAL EDUCATION AND PROVIDE MORE OPTIONS FOR HOW AND WHAT PEOPLE CAN LEARN

  • Attain qualifications at their own pace through distance learning, even when in full-time employment
  • Access online and multimedia learning tools
  • Participate in online special interest learning groups

BENEFITS OF ICT SKILLS FOR EMPLOYERS

Skilled employees enable organisations to use technology more effectively, leading to increases in productivity and competitiveness and ensuring that operational objectives are achieved more efficiently.  ICDL certification programmes are used to increase the value of human capital and achieve productivity gains through developing competent employees.

INCREASE OVERALL EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY

  • Produce professional quality documents and presentations efficiently without support from others
  • Use formulas and functions to efficiently and effectively carry out complex calculations
  • Confidently run and generate automated queries and reports (quicker than creating manually)
  • Enable integration of ICT to existing business processes: use of PDAs, VoIP, online ordering

SAVE TIME AND MONEY

  • Ensure less time and money is spent on IT support to resolve simple IT challenges: both IT helpdesk and other colleagues’ time

INCREASE EMPLOYEES’ CONFIDENCE AND JOB SATISFACTION

  • Produce better looking presentations, graphs, charts and letters
  • Complete more tasks to a higher standard, thus improving output
  • Employees spend less time on mundane tasks

SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION

  • Use email, instant messaging, and VoIP to communicate
  • Produce documents and presentations that look more professional
  • Use shared documents for collaborative projects

BENEFITS OF ICT SKILLS FOR SCHOOLS

Students with ICT skills enjoy an enriched educational experience and will be better prepared for life, work, and further learning. ICT skills enable teachers to use technology more effectively in the teaching process, thus achieving educational goals more efficiently, and in doing so save time and increase productivity in the classroom.

IMPROVE COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION

  • Use technology to share tasks and work on group assignments and projects
  • Use email, instant messaging, and blogs to communicate with teachers and other students
  • Join virtual communities on topics of interest to their course of study

FACILITATES ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

  • Access information on the Internet to supplement course work/study
  • Access a variety of content and sources which can facilitate intercultural understanding
  • Foster creativity in students by using interactive multimedia tools

PROMOTE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFELONG LEARNING

  • Engage and motivate students by enabling them to use ICT skills in learning
  • Engage students with visualisation tools, voice and text feedback, to develop conceptual understanding
  • Allow access to a wide range of multimedia-based learning elements

BETTER EQUIPS STUDENTS FOR LIFE AND FOR THE WORKFORCE

  • Learn skills that students will need to apply to be successful in the workplace and in life