Award-winning IT staff to show how training has boosted careers

IT staff have been encouraged to enter the government-backed National Training Awards for 2004.

IT staff have been encouraged to enter the government-backed National Training Awards for 2004.

The awards, run on behalf of the Department for Education and Training (DfES), is open to entries from different professions and industry sectors.

Individual entries have to show how IT training has helped career development and improved skills, and entries from organisations have to demonstrate how IT training has had tangible financial benefits, such as helping to increase turnover and profits, said Alison Court, director of the National Training Awards, a not-for-profit organisation that runs the awards on behalf of the DfES.

Last year the awards attracted more than 1,000 entries from a range of industries.

Entries can be submitted by organisations or by employees, and the deadline for entries is 30 April. Regional finals will be held in October and the UK final will be held on 23 November.

IT permanent staff considering a career move can also apply for an IT training certificate, which has been launched by vocational training provider City & Guilds. The course, based on a training standard developed by skills body e-skills UK, takes about 150 hours to complete.

Units in the level 3 certificate in IT coaching, assessing and training, include planning training; managing the relationship with the learner and personal career development.

Trainers can also choose optional units including online coaching and IT coaching for organisations.

For details of the IT training course e-mail or phone 0207-294 3129. To enter the National Training Awards or book a place at a workshop, call 0800-917 7337 or visit the website

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