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Recently we hear a lot of talk about ICT skills and how crucial these are for company progress.
ICT stands for Information Communication Technology and refers to the set of technologies that allow the processing and exchange of information in digital format.
ICT skills concern technologies for integrated telecommunication systems (wired and wireless communication lines), computers, audio-video technologies and related software, which allow users to create, store and exchange information.
Significant economic incentives favour the smooth process of integration, promoting the growth of companies active in the sector.
The constant evolution of ICT requires companies to continuously update the technologies they employ, especially in the field of mobile communications, cloud computing, big data analysis and smart devices and this is no more apparent than in the last year where ICT technology demand has increased by 4%.
Recent European policies have paid more attention to the proliferation and use of ICT skills.
Policies are needed to strengthen stability in European labour markets and to improve the competitive position of Europe in this sector.
According to Eurostat research, the adoption of cloud computing and storage means that around 2.5 million people could be hired by 2020. However, there is a strong shortage of ICT specialists to meet this demand. To cope with this deficiency, in 2016 Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition was set up.
This European coalition is concerned with ensuring that there is cooperation in the field of education, employment and industry in order to improve the ICT skills of professionals and the wider population.

Why it is important to increase ICT skills?

Information and communication technologies are essential in the modern world.
It is very important to utilise and manage the increasing volume of information effectively and securely.
This is the reason why ICT skills are essential and should form a major part of an organisations strategy in providing better quality data management and information utilisation. These skills can help organisations redefine their relationships with customers, suppliers and other organisations.

NCI UL offers insights into this subject during the first 6 months of the Foundation Year in Management Studies. This foundation year allows you to acquire the skills and competencies to undertake a course of study in different sectors, including the Information and Communication Technologies field besides BA (Hons) in Global Management and International Business.

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