Why partner with ICDL for your digital skills initiative?

Choosing the right partner is instrumental in achieving meaningful and lasting impact. ICDL stands out as an exemplary collaborator, offering a unique blend of global recognition, comprehensive digital skills, and a commitment to fostering positive change.

Over the last 25 years, ICDL has successfully partnered with Governments, Industry Associations, Corporate Organisations, NGOs and Charities to deliver Global Development and Aid Projects, Education and Training Programmes, Workforce Development Initiatives, Community Development Initiatives, and Public Sector Training Programmes.


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Why choose ICDL as your digital skills certification partner?

  • Global Social Enterprise: ICDL prioritises societal development through digital skills, emphasising impact over profits.
  • Flexible Modular Certification: ICDL tailors programmes for impact, addressing specific goals in education, employment, or community development.
  • Proven track record: With more than 25 years of experience driving positive change through digital skills, partnering with ICDL ensures your initiatives are built on a foundation of expertise.
  • Alignment with SDGs: ICDL aligns seamlessly with SDGs, contributing to global objectives like education, decent work, and economic growth.
  • The Digital Skills Standard: As the globally recognised Digital Skills Standard, partnering with ICDL enhances credibility and extends impact to communities worldwide.
  • Digital Skills is all we do: ICDL is not a software provider and remains vendor-independent. Having no allegiance with software providers means we can concentrate on what we do best- Digital Skills Certification.

ICDL: Alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 global goals adopted in 2015, aiming to address various social, economic, and environmental challenges by 2030. These goals encompass areas such as poverty, health, education, gender equality, clean energy, climate action, and more, providing a universal framework for global cooperation and progress towards a sustainable future.

ICDL Foundation aligns with several United Nations SDGs by contributing to the development of digital literacy and skills, which are integral to achieving broader societal and economic objectives. Specifically, ICDL supports SDG 4 (Quality Education) by promoting digital skills education, SDG 5 (Gender Equality) by fostering inclusivity in technology, and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) by enhancing employability through digital proficiency. Additionally, ICDL’s focus on digital competence aligns with SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure) and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), contributing to a more equitable and technologically advanced global society.

SDG 4Quality EducatioN

ICDL promotes digital literacy and skills development, contributing to the goal of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education by enhancing students’ proficiency in essential computer skills.

SDG 5Gender Equality

ICDL plays a role in fostering gender equality in the technology sector by providing opportunities for both men and women to acquire and demonstrate digital skills, contributing to a more inclusive workforce.

SDG 8Decent Work and Economic GrowtH

By enhancing employability through digital proficiency, ICDL supports the goal of promoting sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, aligning with efforts to achieve decent work for all.

SDG 9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

ICDL’s focus on digital competence contributes to advancements in industry and innovation, supporting the development of modern, technologically advanced infrastructure.

SDG 10Reduced Inequalities

ICDL helps bridge the digital divide by providing standardised digital skills training, contributing to the goal of reducing inequalities in access to technology and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

SDG 17Partnerships for the Goals

ICDL collaborates with various stakeholders, including educational institutions and businesses, fostering partnerships to advance the common goal of building a digitally proficient global community.

Examples of ICDL Partnerships

Below we highlight some best practice examples of recent, highly successful ICDL partnerships, which have made a positive impact by empowering communities with vital digital skills, enhancing employability, and bridging the digital gap.

AIMS Mastercard Teacher Program, Rwanda

In collaboration with AIMS and the Mastercard Foundation, the AIMS Mastercard Teacher Program in Rwanda addresses the shortage of skilled mathematics and science educators. The initiative focuses on equipping teachers with essential knowledge and pedagogical skills to inspire the next generation of African scientists. Through specialized training, resources, and ongoing support, the program enhances teachers’ expertise, fostering a conducive learning environment. This condensed overview highlights the transformative impact of the AIMS Mastercard Teacher Program, emphasizing its role in advancing STEM education and empowering educators in Rwanda.

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DELL and CEDF, “Upskilling Future Workforce for the Digital Economy” project, China

The “Upskilling Future Workforce for the Digital Economy” project, a collaboration between the China Education Development Foundation (CEDF) and DELL Technologies, stands at the forefront of transforming education in Chinese vocational schools. This strategic initiative, anchored by ICDL Certification, not only elevates digital literacy skills but also aligns with DELL’s broader social impact goals. With testimonials and impactful stories, this case study unfolds the journey of over 50,000 beneficiaries, showcasing the project’s success in equipping individuals with crucial digital competencies for the demands of the digital economy.

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Empowering Malaysian Future Digital Leaders: Yayasan TM’s Vision for Digital Transformation

Yayasan TM (YTM), the foundation arm of Telekom Malaysia Berhad, initiated a digital skills program with ICDL in April 2021. Choosing ICDL as the primary certification, YTM collaborated with INTEC Education College and MMU Cnergy to launch the Future Leaders Scholarship Programme, aiming to equip scholars with vital digital skills. In response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, YTM’s commitment to digital transformation became pivotal in addressing the need for upskilling in Malaysia.

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Empowering Singapore’s Workforce Through Digital Literacy

In a transformative partnership, ICDL Asia and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) have collaborated to elevate digital literacy across Singapore’s workforce. Through two MoUs, the national Employability Skills (ES) ICT modules are now aligned with ICDL standards, designating ICDL as Singapore’s digital literacy benchmark. With substantial funding support from SSG, over 40,000 candidates have enrolled in ICDL programs by 2019.

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Revolutionising Thailand’s Digital Workforce: A Pioneering Collaboration Between ICDL and TPQI

In a significant move to enhance digital proficiency in Thailand, ICDL and the Thailand Professional Qualification Institute (TPQI) have entered into a strategic partnership. With the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), all ICDL modules are now the first set of approved programmes eligible for E-Workforce vouchers in the country. This collaboration aims to provide individuals and professionals with access to globally recognised digital skills certifications, aligning Thailand’s workforce with international standards.

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Fostering Digital Literacy in Ireland: The Collaborative Initiative of SOLAS and ICDL

SOLAS, the authoritative agency for Further Education and Training (FET) in Ireland, has cultivated a robust partnership with the ICDL Foundation, enriching the digital skills landscape through its online learning service, SOLAS eCollege. Serving as an accredited ICDL Test Centre, SOLAS eCollege has been pivotal in providing ICDL certification to a diverse array of learners, ranging from job seekers to career transitioners and upskilling professionals. In 2023, SOLAS eCollege made a significant development by expanding its ICDL portfolio. This extension now includes a wide array of modules, allowing learners to tailor their studies to match their specific interests. This innovative approach, delivered through interactive online content, allows for personalised learning pathways, reinforcing SOLAS and ICDL’s commitment to accessible, relevant, and adaptable education in the digital era. 

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Empowering Kenya’s Workforce: TVETA’s Accreditation of ICDL Africa

In a strategic move, the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) in Kenya has granted official accreditation to ICDL Africa as a “Foreign Examination Body.” This milestone recognition not only approves the ICDL program as a certificate-level qualification within the TVETA system but also positions ICDL Africa as a foreign certification body for Digital Skills Certifications in Kenya. This accreditation is a game-changer, enabling both private and publicly sponsored programs across TVET Institutions to offer ICDL, marking a significant advancement in fostering digital skills across Kenya’s vocational education sector.

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Don’t just take our word for it! More than 17 million people are now ICDL certified across the world. Scroll through the testimonials below to understand how ICDL Certification has benefited them.

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