TITLE

Qualifications tailored to fit

AUTHOR(S)
Charles, Barrie
PUB. DATE
April 2006
SOURCE
IT Training;Apr2006, p40
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents information on IT user certifications in Great Britain. The need for IT skills among the British workforce has never been greater, and proving those skills by gaining qualifications such as ECDL, CLAiT or MOS is increasingly popular. But there are thought to be more than 750 different IT user certifications available in Great Britain. According to e-skills UK, the sector skills council for IT, there are 21 million people in the British workforce who use IT in their jobs. The level of skills they need is continually rising, too, and research shows that around 7.6 million staff need to improve their IT abilities significantly over the next few years. Certification also makes financial sense. Research among NHS staff who have gained the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) shows that, on average, they each save 38 minutes a day through better use of IT. ECDL was launched in 1997 and the qualification is controlled by a not-for-profit organisation, the ECDL Foundation, based in Dublin. It consists of seven elements, namely, basic concepts, computer use, word processing, information and communication, spreadsheets, database and presentation.
ACCESSION #
20578982

 

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