Workshop on Digital Skills Certifications in Spain Telecentres #CCD12

During the Workshop on Digital Skills Certifications, held in the Citilab Cornellá (Barcelona), the Telecentres Networks Community Association and Social innovation Centres agreed to create a certification model on ICT skills for Spain.  This agreement has been reached taking the Digital Skills Certificate Report, by the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) of the European Commission and the experience of the regional governments of Catalonia, Basque Country and Andalucía as a starting point.

In Spain more than 6.5 million people has professional training in digital skills and thanks to this certification more than 1 million young people in rural areas could benefit of better digital skills. Public Administrations shall take a similar formula to that used in language accreditation.

Recently, the European Commission, as a part of its strategy for generating new jobs and growth, took an initiative to promote the recognition of skills and capacities acquired out of regular education (School or University).

The Commission's proposal aims at increase new employment opportunities and, in particular, unemployed young people and people with few formal qualifications, such as elderly people and low skilled workers. Telecentres National Networks have been working for years with this communities, as well as young innovators and entrepreneurs. Telecentres and Social innovation Centres are based on non-formal learning, but this learning process usually has not been qualified or recognized by a degree, being usually based on face-to-face seminars, workshops and online courses.

This agreement intends to lead the European Certification Model of these skills acquired in non-formal education. Besides, the Telecentre Association follows the creation of a roadmap in order to sign institutional agreements in the future, a strong source for the sustainability and managing of the telecentres.



The Skill Accreditation Model in ICT for Spain. (ACTIC) is based on seven strategic points:

  • The ACTIC is the accredited certificate of digital skills, understood as the combination of knowledge, skills and attitudes in the field of information and communication technologies that people develop in real situations to achieve certain goals with effectiveness and efficiency.
  • The Digital Skill Certification Model for Spain is agreed as a Certification Model based on functional skills, not tools, and is based on the European theoretical and practical model where attitudes are a priority.
  • We start with three levels: basic, medium and advanced, and eleven skills:

◦   Digital training for the Information Society.

◦   Digital culture.

◦   Information management.

◦   Problems Resolution.

◦   Information and Communication Processing

◦   Development and programming.

◦   Digital Trust.

◦   Digital Identity

◦   Security and privacy

◦   Network Participation.

◦   Participation and connection.

  • The indicators are based on the experience of the Basque Country and Catalonia, and they are set by skills and level, grouped by:

◦   Knowledge.

◦   Procedures.

◦   Attitudes.

◦   Skills

◦   Values

◦   Training in courses related with skills to be indexed.

  • The tool established for ACTIC is licensed by the Regional Government of Catalonia, transfering their rights to the Telecentres Networks Community Association, for the development of a common theoretical model, with basic and adapted rule for each Regional Community.
  • A business plan for the certification scheme will be developed, based on economies of scales, open to private companies through a competitive dialogue, with funding possibilities for disadvantaged collectives.

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