A new era for IT qualification

Lloyd, Tom
June 2004
IT Training;Jun2004, p15
Trade Publication
The article presents information that the response to the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in information technology (IT) has been less than enthusiastic. It was launched with the aim of increasing the IT skills of the British workforce, but in recent years has been attracting only around 2,000 applicants a year. While more than 90 per cent of new jobs now require computer skills, only one in ten adults has IT skills that would meet level 2 of the NVQ. This skills gap is a serious problem, which is set to get worse if nothing is done about it. Karen Price, the CEO of e-skills said that they will all become technology companies, and there's a lot of money to be spent on that. But they can't just spend it on kit. At the end of July, the NVQ is going to be replaced with the Information Technology Qualification (ITQ), which is currently being piloted around the country. So will it make difference? The main strength of the ITQ is flexibility. The NVQ was frequently criticised for being too rigid to be of much practical use because it restricted users to learning about certain applications. The ITQ has been designed to let companies create their own, bespoke courses to meet their needs.


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