The site aims to help managers select courses that will help IT staff more effectively meet the goals of their organisations. It will allow managers with little knowledge of IT to find out which courses are available to improve areas such as strategy and planning, development, implementation and service delivery.
The site was set up following research last year by national training body E-Skills UK which found that although 57% of small firms felt their IT staff were under-skilled, companies were not investing in training. "Small firms know they need to invest in IT, but they do not know enough to say what IT skills might benefit the business," said Terry Watts, chief operating officer at E-Skills UK.
Small firms will be able to use the service to get a list of colleges and training companies that offer suitable courses in their region.
The website incorporates the Skills Framework For the Information Age, which allows managers to assess what IT skills their staff need to perform specific business functions.
E-Skills UK plans to develop the website, which offers details of thousands of courses, to create regional exchanges that will encourage colleges and training providers in each region to provide IT training courses that satisfy the needs of local employers.
This was first published in February 2004