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IT instructor first to pass new look ECDL
The latest version of the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) IT qualification, launched last year, has seen its first successful candidate pass all modules. Lorraine Dowd from Halton College in Cheshire is the first person in the UK to achieve her ECDL qualification using accredited Version 4 syllabus material.
Lorraine undertook the latest version of ECDL to assist her in her role of ECDL qualification team leader at the college.
Lorraine explains, "I was eager to sit the modules in Version 4 as soon as the new syllabus was launched as I wanted a prior insight into what our students were to expect from the new syllabus and the new online testing. I also believe ECDL to be an excellent qualification to gain, especially for young people seeking employment as it is becoming an industry benchmark qualification and the one qualification that employers are demanding. It gives candidates knowledge on a range of computer skills and covers areas that other IT qualifications do not cover at this level. Also, gaining an internationally accepted qualification is another real benefit of ECDL."
ECDL Version 4 was developed by a panel of leading IT experts to ensure that the relevance of the IT skills qualification is maintained. It incorporates the latest technological developments with more emphasis being placed on the internet and security issues.
Pete Bayley, ECDL UK director explains the importance of updating the qualification: "In line with the ECDL Foundation, we regularly review and update the syllabus to ensure we're up to date with the latest technological issues. For example, internet security is becoming increasingly important especially in light of the recent virus epidemics and the new syllabus will enable users to understand what viruses are, how they infect computers and what can be done to eradicate them.
"Although the new ECDL Version 4 syllabus does not become a requirement until September 2004, many ECDL Accredited Test Centres are already implementing the changes to help raise ECDL's total number of UK candidates to 850,000. As the success continues, 2004 will mark an enviable milestone of 1,000,000 registered candidates, ensuring the nation's IT literacy levels continue to increase."
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