Elliot steers himself to ECDL qualification

Elliot Snaddon ECDL

Elliot steers himself to ECDL qualification

Digital literacy has once again been the driving force of a presentation made to a Falkirk High School pupil recently.

George Walls – FVC’s BSC Test Centre Manager and IT lecturer in FVC’s Business Department – was on hand to present the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) to sixth year pupil Elliot Snaddon along with Howard Marshall, Faculty Head, Technology, at Falkirk High School.

The Senior Phase which takes place from S4 to S6 in schools, and includes ages 16 -18, is the phase when young people will build up a portfolio of qualifications. – ECDL allows them to differentiate their qualifications allowing them to enhance their College/UCAS/Job applications.

FVC and partnership schools work together to plan a coherent experience for their learners, building a flexible system that offers personalisation and choice, providing clear and supported pathways for young people to make a successful transition and to continue learning through the senior phase. FVC works with partner schools across the Central region and many pupils are now benefiting from achieving ECDL.

As part of the Wider Achievement Programme, and in line with the Digital skills initiative, schools are offering Industry recognised qualifications as an option choice to their senior phase pupils – ECDL makes this happen.

Howard Marshall, Faculty Head, Technology, at Falkirk High School, said: “Working in partnership with Forth Valley College we have been delivering the internationally recognised qualification ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) to our pupils in S5/S6.

“Pupils work through units of work at their own pace and choose which ones to complete which can align well with their studies here in school. Elliott has worked very hard and has completed all of the units, a tremendous achievement. Elliot has said that completing the units helped him gain a much deeper understanding of the Microsoft packages used within his Higher Administration course and has also helped him prepare for his future studies.”

George Walls, said: “Pupils with ICT skills enjoy an enriched educational experience and will be better prepared for life, work, and further learning. ECDL is a worldwide recognised computer literacy certification programme. It provides pupils with the IT skills and abilities needed to build on existing knowledge, motivate further learning, and improve their employability in a wide range of fields and industries.”

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