The Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility (FITA) shares the view that through empowerment and social inclusion disabled persons need to rely less on family and state support. In ensuring that due steps are taken to minimise the digital divide, we aim to enable individuals to contribute productively to society and the economy.
In 2002 FITA had carried out surveys across disability NGOs, which revealed that there is not enough information about what ICT products and services are available to disabled persons. Many individuals also lack the knowledge to make effective use of the technology, even when this is available to them. The study suggested that too often persons with disability give up on improving their ICT skills simply because they assume that no adequate services are available, to suit their needs. Since then FITA has joined forces with partner organisations in order to help address this gap in service provision with a range of ICT courses.
FITA provides three types of ICT training services.
- ICT Training for persons with a visual impairment
This is an expansive one-to-one course designed and delivered directly by FITA, which covers the basics of using a computer and can progress to ECDL and specialised areas, depending on the users’ requirements. Read more …
- ICT Training for persons with an intellectual or communication difficulty
These courses cover different levels and endorse either ECDL or Malta Qualifications Framework standards. These courses are delivered in collaboration with the Education’s Life Long Learning Directorate, MCAST, the Ministry for Gozo and a number of business organisations. The FITA Assistive ICT Pool is also linked to this service. Courses are typically held in two sessions, between October and June of the following year. FITA has also developed adhoc training course materials and media for disabled persons interested in Web Design, Podcasting, Social Networks and Blogging. Read more…
- One-to-One Mentoring services
This initiative channels the help of volunteers to reach out to disabled individuals who’s mobility difficulties prevent them from accessing other forms of ICT training and support. Read more…
FITA ICT Courses application form can be downloaded from here. (PDF) If you seek additional alternative courses, summer courses or other preferences linked to weekdays, time or region where training is held, please include this information on the application form or contact FITA directly. We will do our utmost to match courses to student demands.
ICT Career Path
In 2009, FITA carried out research about the main job roles present in the ICT industry and the availability of courses leading to the qualifications necessary to fulfill such roles. The data collection was done under the guidance of Mr. Stanley M. Debono with the support of Ms Pamela Bugeja who had joined FITA for 3 months between April and May 2009 on a work experience, sponsored by the Employment Training Corporation.
Although the above career path research may still be used for generic reference, this has now been surpassed by the European e-Competence Initiative and resulting framework. This EU wide framework provides a common language to describe the competences including skills and knowledge requirements of ICT professionals, professions and organizations at five proficiency levels, and is designed to meet the needs of businesses and other organizations in public and private sectors.
As the first sector-specific implementation of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), the e-CF fits for application by ICT service, demand and supply organizations, companies, for managers and HR departments, for education institutions and training bodies, including higher education, for market watchers and policy makers, public and private sectors.
- European e-Competence Framework 3.0. A common European Framework for ICT Professionals in all industry sectors.
- User guide for the application of the European e-Competence Framework 3.0.
- Case Studies for the application of the e-CF.
- FITA Train the Trainer course overview (PDF)
- FITA – Addressing the learning needs of students with a disability through ICT
- FITA ICT Courses application form. (Online form)
- Create an e-competences profile: http://profiletool.ecompetences.eu/