By David Ingham
One of Qatar's major healthcare providers has hired ICDL GCC Foundation to teach its staff essential IT skills.
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), a non-profit healthcare provider in Doha, has hired ICDL GCC Foundation to teach its staff essential IT skills. HMC will create an internal centre to train and test its employees on the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) program, starting with an enrolment of 1500 staff members in the first phase.
Mohamad Mubarak Al Noimi, HIS eecutive drector at HMC said:"HMC is working closely with HMC staff to assist in developing and bridging the IT skills gap through the ICDL program, which HMC believes is an important step forward in improving business performance inside the organisation. This initiative comes from our belief that the steps to develop our medical corporation is by strengthening our staff with IT skills that will make them equipped to face this IT concentrated era.
"As the premier healthcare provider in Qatar, we are entrusted with the task of delivering quality health care so it becomes our responsibility to develop the skills of our team to meet the demands of a highly advanced healthcare system."
HMC is one of the largest recruiters of health employees in Qatar, with more than 13,000 staff based in hospitals and health centres. Established by Emiri decree in 1979, the corporation manages four hospitals.
International Computer Driving License (ICDL), an international computer proficiency standard, was introduced into the region in 2001 by UNESCO's Cairo Office. The ICDL program exists in over 143 countries, and is offered in 42 languages, including Arabic. The programs offered are all based on one standard syllabus and question set.
The syllabus consists of seven modules designed to cover the key concepts of computing. The certification is endorsed by governments worldwide as the global benchmark for computer literacy for all qualifying government employees.