NTO in demand for £15m skills plan

The E-skills National Training Organisation (NTO) has started to put together the final draft of its recommendations to...

The E-skills National Training Organisation (NTO) has started to put together the final draft of its recommendations to Government, in a £15m action plan to help reduce the UK shortfall in Internet skills.

Ross Bentley

Consultation on the document closed last week after Computer Weekly readers, among other sources, were asked to contribute their views on how best to encourage more people to enter the IT industry and to increase overall proficiency in computer use.

The E-skills NTO's demands will include a national campaign to promote IT as a career, the setting up of centres for IT excellence, more strategic investment in IT and the development of core IT qualifications.

"The input from all sources has been greatly valued and will have some bearing on how we put together the final report," said Karen Price, chief executive at E-skills NTO.

Funding for E-skills NTO is expected to come from government and the private sector. The first year of the scheme is expected to cost about £5m. "We have secured a substantial amount so far and I am confident that we will comfortably obtain the remainder," Price said.

ross.bentley@rbi.co.uk

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