Digital Skills for Employability & Productivity
Training Course: IC03 - ICDL Workforce – Digital Skills for Employability & Productivity
Course Description: ICDL Workforce is designed to build the digital skills of the modern workplace. These modules will help employees and candidates demonstrate their effective use of technology with skills and knowledge that can be further developed by progressing to the ICDL Professional modules and beyond.
EQF/ MQF Level: Level 3 Pass Mark: 75% for all modules
Mode of Delivery: Inhouse Language: English
Mode of Attendance: Part Time
Target Audience: 16-18, 25+,
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Target Group: This course is aimed at post-secondary schooling learners but can also be followed by any candidates within the educational system. It is particularly aimed at students, unemployed and job seekers interested in acquiring a basic knowledge of computing and office software applications.
Accredited by: ICDL Malta
Entry Requirements: Have a basic secondary education /school leaving certificate. Be able to communicate both orally and in writing in English. Have a sound knowledge of computer skills.
Course Structure: ICDL Workforce is a test of practical skills and competencies and consists of seven (7) separate modules covering computer theory and practice. To achieve the ICDL Workforce certificate, the Candidate must successfully pass a test in seven (7) modules.
ICDL Workforce consists of 5 compulsory modules and 2 elective modules. The modules in ICDL Workforce are:
· Computer & Online Essentials
· Documents (Word Processing)
· Spreadsheets (Excel)
· Cyber Security
Outline of Course:
- Computer & Online Essentials
The Computer & Online Essentials module covers the main concepts and skills needed for using computers and devices, file and application management, networks, online information, online communication, and safety.
Technology is a key element of every modern job. Working with computers and devices, as well as using online tools and applications effectively are requirements for everyone.
This module is suitable for those who use computers to carry out specific tasks but also as a foundation for developing further competences in the effective use of technology in the workplace. While most people are aware of some common tasks on computers or online, they may also benefit from important additional skills or knowledge relating to managing device settings, browsing, or communication.
Successful candidates will be able to use a computer and operate effectively online. After passing this module, candidates will feel confident using computers in the workplace, understanding the key concepts around computers, communication and security and safety online. They will be able to:
– understand key concepts and carry out key activities relating to hardware and software;
– manage files and folders, store data, and manage applications;
– understand network concepts, and connect to a network;
– find and manage online information effectively, and manage browser settings;
– understand considerations relating to the effective use of common communication tools;
– send, receive, and manage emails, and use calendars; and
– understand potential threats and ways to protect computers, devices, and data.
The Documents module (formerly referred to as Word Processing) covers the main concepts and skills needed for common word processing tasks, such as creating, formatting, and finishing letters and other everyday documents.
With so many job roles now using essential ICT skills, workers need to demonstrate their ability to use word processing applications to produce workplace documents effectively. This module covers the knowledge and skills needed to create clearly presented, well-structured documents.
This module is suitable for a wide range of candidates who want to be able to work with documents effectively using a range of word processing applications.
Successful candidates will be able to use word processing applications to create, edit, and output everyday documents. After passing this module, candidates will feel confident enhancing their documents with text formatting and by inserting common features such as tables or images. They will be able to:
- understand the key concepts of word processing.
- identify the different file formats and how to save them.
- recognise good practice applying formatting options.
- understand the different elements, objects, and data that can be added to a document.
- know how to finalise a document and prepare it for printing; and
- prepare and create documents using mail merge.
The Presentation module covers the main concepts and skills needed to work with presentation software to create and use presentations.
Presentations are a helpful way of communicating information, whether it is to be delivered by a speaker or used as a reference or guide. Being able to present information so that it can be clearly understood is a valuable skill in the workplace.
This module is suitable for a wide range of candidates in any type of job role that involves communicating with different audiences for different purposes.
Successful candidates will be able to use presentation software to create and edit presentations. After passing this module, candidates will feel confident planning, creating, and outputting a presentation. They will be able to:
- understand the key concepts of using presentation software.
- identify the options available in built-in layouts, designs, and themes.
- recognise good practice in formatting text and tables.
- know how to add charts, pictures, and drawn objects to enhance presentations.
- and prepare a presentation to be used for presenting or printing.
The Spreadsheets module covers the main concepts and skills needed to use spreadsheets, such as tasks associated with developing, formatting, modifying, and using a spreadsheet.
Organising and analysing data using a spreadsheet application produces useful insights for all types of organisations. In addition to using standard formulas and functions, this module covers visualisation of data through creating and formatting graphs or charts.
The analysis of numerical data is an important activity in a wide range of job roles. Accountants, project managers, sales executives, engineers – and many more – rely on spreadsheets to carry out crucial calculations.
Successful candidates will be able to use a spreadsheet application to create and work with spreadsheets. After passing this module, candidates will feel confident entering, moving, editing, and deleting data, as well as performing common spreadsheet tasks. They will be able to:
- understand the key concepts of spreadsheets.
- use available help resources and shortcuts to enhance productivity.
- recognise good practice in inserting, editing, and deleting data.
- apply a range of mathematical and logical formulas and functions.
- And know how to communicate information using charts and graphs.
The Teamwork module covers the main concepts and skills needed to work effectively in a team using collaborative tools and platforms.
Effective teamwork requires a group of people to work together to complete a shared goal. However, effective collaboration can be challenging without the appropriate collaborative tools and platforms or the skills to use them. These technologies make it possible for team members to communicate effectively with each other, plan and manage tasks, and store and share information and expertise, from one secure online location.
This module is suitable for any person who works in a team or is preparing to work in a team that uses collaborative tools to achieve their shared goals.
Successful candidates will be able to understand the key concepts related to the use of technologies to support teamwork. After passing this module, candidates will also be able to use appropriate collaborative tools and platforms to enhance team coordination and effectiveness, to communicate effectively with others and to store and share information and ideas. They will be able to:
– understand the key concepts related to the use of collaborative tools and platforms;
– manage calendars and tasks to enhance team coordination and effectiveness;
– use appropriate collaborative tools to communicate through conversations, meetings, and webinars; and
– use appropriate collaborative tools to store and share information, generate ideas, and create outputs.
- Using Databases
The Using Databases module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to understanding the concept of a database and demonstrating competence in using a database application.
Understanding the structure of a database and being able to carry out common tasks using a standalone database is an important competence for those who deal with large sets of data. The Using Databases module covers the definition of a database and how it is organized, table creation and linking, as well as filters, queries, forms, and reports.
Successful candidates will be able to:
– understand what a database is and how it is organised;
– create a simple database and view the database content in various modes;
– create a table, define, and modify fields, and create relationships between tables. Enter and edit data in a table;
– use filters and queries to retrieve specific information from a database;
– create a form to enter, modify, and delete records and data in records; and
– create routine reports and prepare outputs ready for print or electronic distribution.
- Cyber Security
The Cyber Security module (formerly referred to as IT Security) covers the main skills and knowledge needed for the secure use of ICT in everyday settings, at home and at work.
For individuals and organisations, it is important to understand good practice in maintaining a secure network connection, using the internet safely and securely, and managing data and information. This module covers concepts around secure information and data, physical security, privacy, and identity theft.
As data and information are valuable, having the appropriate knowledge, skills, and awareness to protect them is beneficial in a wide range of job roles. The Cyber Security module helps workers and employers protect these crucial resources.
Successful candidates will be able to apply good Cyber Security principles to manage connections, devices, and data effectively and safely. After passing this module, candidates will feel confident keeping information and data secure. They will know how to reduce risk with good practice. They will be able to:
– understand the key concepts of cyber security.
– recognise good practice in protecting computers, devices, and networks.
– understand the types of risk that pose a threat to security.
– know how to use the internet and communication channels securely.
– recognise good practice in secure data management.
Certification: The ICDL Workforce certificate is awarded to candidates who successfully complete all five (5) compulsory modules and two (2) elective modules.
The ICDL Workforce certificate is comparable to Level Three (3) of the Malta Qualifications Framework.
ICDL certificates are NOT issued immediately by the Test Centre. ICDL Malta will issue the certificate and pass this on to the Test Centre where the last test was held. Candidates will collect the certificate from the Test Centre where they had sat for their last test. The fee involved in issuing the first ICDL certificate is incorporated in the cost of the ICDL Registration Number.
Course Fee: €375 (min 12 persons).
The fee includes Lessons, Mocks & Exams.
Payment: €75 upon booking, payments by installment accepted.
Date of Next Intake: May 2023
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