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2013-2015 I-T SHAPE_eng

Leonardo Transfer of Innovation programme.

The aim of the project is the development of competitive IT qualifications at European level, its testing and dissemination as well as the Naturalization of the "EUCIP CORE" qualifications in Hungary and the development of the national curriculum.

  

I-T SHAPE (European Level Competitive IT Certification for the Hungarian Vocational Education)

Programme: Leonardo, Transfer of Innovation
Participating countries: Hungary, Italy, Ireland
Project duration: 1 October 2013 – 30 September 2015
Grant agreement no.: 2013-1-HU1-LEO05-09615
Coordinator: iTStudy Hungary Ltd.

The aim of I-TShape project is to adapt EUCIP Core IT certification into the Hungarian vocational education. EUCIP Core wasestablished by CEPIS – by the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies, and till now it has been introduced with success in seven European countries.
EUCIP Core - at European level recognized IT qualification - is an answer to the needs of the labour market: the companies need so called "T-Shaped" professionals who enter the workforce with a strong business understanding, ‘soft’ skills and knowledge of leading-edge technology.
I-T Shape - European Level Competitive IT Certification for the Hungarian Vocational Education
Demand for e-skills has been growing steadily during the last years all over the world. According to the study published in the frame of European e-Skills Forum: “e-Skills shortages will result in an excess demand of 384.000 ICT practitioners in 2015.” (Körte, W. B., Hüsing T.: Evaluation of the Implementation of the EC's Communication on "e-Skills for the 21st Century", Empirica, Bonn). An important conclusion of related studies was, that European companies "were increasingly struggling to hire people who were competent in both information technology and business management. Companies need so called "T-Shaped" professionals who enter the workforce with a strong business understanding, ‘soft’ skills and knowledge of leading-edge technology.” (Fonstad, N., Lanivyn, B.: European e-Competence Curricula development guidelines, Final Reports, European Commission, European e-Skills Forum, 2010)
EUCIP Core - at European level recognized IT qualification - is an answer exactly to this demand as its competence framework strongly focuses on the business skills related to the fundamental e-skills. The certificate was established by CEPIS (Council of European Professional Informatics Societies) and has been used with success already in seven European countries. The project aims to adapt EUCIP Core certificate in the Hungarian Vocational Education.
Primary target group: Hungarian VET students, career changers, non- qualified IT practitioners, job-seekers looking to break into the industry;
Secondary target group: VET teachers and trainers, managers and employees of SMEs.

Objectives
1. Adaptation and localization of EUCIP Core in Hungary included its three Knowledge Areas (Plan, Build and Operate)
2. Elaborate the detailed syllabuses and the Hungarian EUCIP Core Programme
3. Validating the results: piloting the first module by involving Hungarian teachers, 50-60 participants from vocational/university and adult educational institutes
4. Accrediting EUCIP Core under the Hungarian Program Accreditation System.

 

The consortium includes ten institutions from 3 countries (HU, IT, IE). The coordinator is Prompt Ltd., the owner/donor of the EUCIP Core represented by the Italian CEPIS member, Association of Italian Information Technology. The Irish Computer Society and the Italian E.Fermi High School has many years experience in EUCIP Core training, they facilitate the Hungarian localization. For the validation and exploitation of the results 4 secondary an adult training school (HU), a university and an Enterprise Development Foundation are involved in the pilots.

Products
• Localized EUCIP Core IT Professional Syllabus and Curriculum,"
• Course book for teachers,"
• Hungarian EUCIP portal, with self test database,"
• Accredited EUCIP Core Programme

Impact
The main impact of the project are the increased chances of Hungarian (young and adult) people getting their placement at enterprises, by offering them internationally recognized, true pan-European IT qualification

 

Partners

  • iTStudy Hungary Ltd. - coordinator
  • Association of Italian Information Technology
  • IS Fermi in Pontedera
  • The Irish Computer Society
  • Öveges József Vocational and Grammar School
  • Neumann János Vocational School for Information Technology
  • Galamb József Agricultural Vocational School
  • University of West Hungary
  • Enterprise Development Foundation of Pest County
  • SZÁMALK-Szalézi Post-Secondary Vocational School

Project website: http://it-shape.hu

      

Project meetings:
1. meeting: Hungary - Budapest, 21/11/2013–23/11/2013.
2. meeting: Italy – Pisa, 01/04/2014-03/04/2014
3. meeting: Ireland – Dublin, 23/10/2014-25/10/2014
4. meeting: Hungary - Budapest, 28/09/2015-29/09/2015