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Skills Framework

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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