An independent report just launched, commissioned by the European Computer Driving Licence Foundation (ECDL-F) and carried out by Dr Susan O’Donnell of Itech Research, is the most comprehensive report to date on the impact of the ECDL programme in a national market.
The study examined the impact of the ECDL in Ireland from both economic and social viewpoints and finds that the certification has had `a significant impact` in a number of areas. Since its launch in 1997 the ECDL has generated cumulative benefits to the Irish economy in the order of €362 million. ECDL has generated significant levels of employment, with more than 4,400 people in Ireland currently employed in the provision of the ECDL programme.
ECDL generates annual productivity savings to Irish employers of €62.3million. The report further credits the ECDL as being a seminal influence in the building of the IT certification industry and developing the IT training & testing services sector as well as the IT training products sector. And the overall impact of the ECDL in Ireland has not just been economic. The ECDL has led to a considerable increase in IT skills across the board and made a significant contribution to Irish policy goals in relation to economic and social development in the information society. www.ecdl.com