ICT Skills Council has established an online platform for collaboration and believes that the national competency development is a collaborative effort by multiple stakeholders. Council is keen to have all the stake holders to work towards identified national goals so that there is no duplication of effort by different parties. Council will link up industry, industry bodies, government bodies, Government Training Arms, Private training arms, Academia and the work force under defined set of national goals.
ICTISC requires a demand planning mechanism which will cater to current and more importantly the future demand based on structured market intelligence from research and ICT professional networks. While catering to current demand, as technology is futuristic, skills business must have a separate focus on preparing the nation towards futuristic technology and disruption. Demand planning shall be conducted once in six months and will be established based an online demand planning and Gap Analysis system
The Council identified the need to enhance IT literacy of citizens in order to not only keep pace with the Internet penetration of the country but also the international technological advancements as well. One of the first steps to meet complete this need is to build a National E-learning Platform to educate citizens. Simultaneously, the University of Kelaniya has started working on building a National E–learning Centre and the Council has been appointed the skills standardisation body for Centre. A MoU between the Council and University of Kelaniya was signed to strengthen the partnership in early 2017.
Creating awareness in a systematic manner for students at all levels including schools, universities, education institutes about ICT market trends and competency requirements based on the findings of the above projects will be carried out. Interested students will have a career path mapped out and access to education providers and trainers in specific career paths chosen.
All content related to ICT education to be validated using standards set by the council. The mechanism used will be based on a national ICT skills report which defines competencies required for jobs that are offered currently and in the next 5 years in the industry. This will be aligned to national competency standards.
Operating in parallel to curriculum development, the pilot project on graduateship programme is a result of the Board’s decision to conduct a project to implement solutions identified by the Council to bridge the skills gap in the ICT education sector. In order to identify the possibility of reaping benefits, the Council expects to run a pilot project in selected centers of Vocational Training Authority (VTA), National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) and Department of Technical and Educational Training (DTET). The pilot project will have three major outcomes. Namely the training of teachers competent and well-versed in the revised curricula of the National Vocational Qualification; the delivery of courses with quality; and on the job training or an internship that would help students get hands on experience of theory in practice and in turn hold the industry responsible to intervene and ensure that students are given training opportunities and are not left underemployed.