VTA ties up with global leader in IT education



By Maheesha Mudugamuwa


Sri Lanka’s largest State training body, the Vocational Training Authority (VTA), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Certiport, a leading provider of global, certification programmes and services in IT, last Monday (14) at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel.


This MOU will enable it to enhance the computer literacy in Sri Lanka and to produce a productive work force with knowledge of modern technology for the betterment of the country.


VTA has approved Certiport’s globally recognized Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) as both a test-out and end-of-course exam option for all students across the country for the new State-mandated Computer Technology course.


Certiport is the exclusive worldwide provider of the IC3 programme and it is the leading provider of global, performance-based certification programmes and services designed to enable individual success and lifetime advancement through certification.


VTA Chairman Dammika Hevapathirana said that the IC3 would help to refine aptitude in the most important and valuable areas and also help teachers and instructors define their students’ proficiency and marketable skills as they enter the workforce. The benefits of IC3 certification were that it validated a student’s internet and computing skills, highlighted his or her unique talents and demonstrates the student’s qualifications in emerging fields.


Hevapathirana said in a statement that the VTA had already taken measures to provide guidance for IC3 examinations in the Sinhala medium and examinations will also be conducted in Sinhala in the future. More details can be obtained from www.certiport.com.


Certiport and IC3 Credential Manager and Vice President Gary Fluitt said that the IC3 certification would create job opportunities for SL youth and also it served skilled workers and provided skill training. VTA had given a chance to Sri Lankan students to get good jobs by obtaining IC3 certification in Sri Lanka.


"The combination of the IC3 global standard with good educational preparation fills a gap for promoting and validating the foundational skills so necessary in today’s digital economy," Gary said.


He added that a student with IC3 certification not only had an understanding of computing fundamentals, key applications and online functionality, but also possessed the necessary foundation to excel into advanced technical and desktop application certifications.


The IC3 provides students and job seekers with a solid foundation of knowledge they need to succeed in environments that require the use of computers and the internet.


The global standard 3 is an internationally recognized standard for digital literacy and reflects the most relevant skills needed in today’s academic and business environments.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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