One of the key features of a mature profession is the definition of a common and comprehensive competence architecture which outlines knowledge, qualifications, skills, performance standards and experience requirements against a complete set of roles and where possible, standard job specifications.
The IT industry, both in Canada and globally, has seen the benefits associated with the development of a skills framework and a number of initiatives have been started.
Canada: ICTC: Occupational Skills Framework (OSPM)
United Kingdom: SFIA Foundation Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA)
Europe: European Committee for Standardization European E-Competence Framework
Germany: Kibnet - Kompetenzzentrum IT-Bildungsnetzwerk
All frameworks share a common theme: they describe the specialist and technical skills required in IT-related roles and can be used and understood by IT users and companies, the public sector, educational and social partners.
The skills framework provides a tool for:
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