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ECDL celebrates fifth birthday

Nearly a million British workers, both young and old, are on course to become computer literate according to the Swindon-based British Computer Society (BCS), whose European Computer Driving Licence is celebrating its fifth birthday this week.

A giant computer shaped cake was created to mark the event and was enjoyed by the BCS's 200 employees in Swindon.

ECDL was introduced to the UK by a small dedicated team led by Pete Bayley, currently director of the ECDL programme within the UK, he explains: "Since establishing ECDL in the UK in May 1998, the qualification's success has been phenomenal and has far exceeded our expectations. In 1998 we had just 150 test centres with 1200 candidates registered and now we're on target to reach 1,000,000 registrations by the end of the year!"

ECDL is available throughout the country in over 2,600 test centres with seven modules within the syllabus designed to cover the key concepts of computing, its practical applications and their use in the workplace and society in general.

The NHS, Ministry of Defence, Cabinet Office, HSBC, Sainsbury's and Cadbury's have all incorporated ECDL into their IT training.

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