The global skills and competency framework for the digital world

Foundational digital skills - discussion slides


The SFIA framework is developed and maintained by the industry for use by industry. So the starting point is to review what industry is telling us about foundational/basic digitals kills.

These slides have been created to start the discussion on this topic. Please make contact if this is an area of interest. We are looking for opportunities to share knowledge and collaborate.

SFIA is a global framework and we will need to understand whether there are...

  • generic things we can do - i.e. which will work across all foundational digital skills frameworks
  • or specific actions - to work with individual frameworks 

The slide below refers to one particular framework - and that is used as a representative example in the other slides. 

SFIA defines the skills and competencies required by professionals who design, develop, implement, manage and protect the data and technology that power the digital world. It describes the work of digital professionals. 

In this context - foundational digital skills can be considered necessary, but they do not fully cover the work-based responsibilities described in SFIA.

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As a starting point... we may think of the foundational digital skills overlapping with some of the responsibilities described in the entry levels of the SFIA framework.

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SFIA describes a wide range of professional skills and competencies.

When thinking of foundational digital skills, a possible starting point is to look at the SFIA level descriptions for those skills described at entry-level (this slide shows the SFIA which  start at level 1, level 2 or level 3).

  • Some of SFIA's competencies are not technical
    • foundational digital skills are required as an entry point
  • Some of SFIA's skills are technical
    • they need additional specialised technical training/education

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The full SFIA framework describes competency levels across a wide range of professions an skills. This is one way to visualise foundational data skills - as a gateway to a digital career.

  • Some of the professions and skills are specialised - some are generalist.
  • Some requires specialist technical knowledge, others do not.

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Please make contact if this is an area of interest or if you would like copies of the slides. We are looking for opportunities to share knowledge and collaborate.

Peter Leather

SFIA Updates Manager