The Sharjah Institute of Technology (SIT) has been accredited as an official International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) training and testing centre by the ICDL GCC Foundation, the governing body and certification authority of the ICDL programme in the region.

The accreditation complements SIT's advanced training and study programmes, which provide trainees with essential practical skills.

Under the terms of the agreement, SIT will provide training and examination services to assist its students as well as employees from the Sharjah Water and Electricity Authority (SEWA) and other private companies in obtaining the ICDL certification. The first batch is expected to comprise 1,000 trainees. The agreement was signed by Al Waleed Khalid Bin Khadim, Director General of SEWA, and Jameel Ezzo, Director General of the ICDL GCC Foundation.

"We welcome this accreditation, which significantly expands the institute's training capabilities and advances its goal of guiding students in understanding and using advanced technologies," said Bin Khadim.

He continued that the application of technology is vital for SEWA to deliver its services to the general public. "We have made the ICDL a requirement for present and future employees and we want to fully recognise the important role of computer skills in today's working environments."

Ezzo said: "This partnership opens the door for employees to acquire new skills and become competent in basic computer applications. It will contribute to increased productivity within various work environments and enhance the standard of living in general."

SIT officials said ICDL holders enjoy broader job opportunities since companies prefer candidates who possess considerable IT knowledge. This was among the ICDL GCC Foundation's motivations to intensify its regional IT literacy campaign. The foundation also supports regional initiatives in the transition into a digital society.