Government unveils Web siteto woo new IT workers

The e-skills NTO, the government's IT and communications national training organisation, has launched a new Web site aimed at...

The e-skills NTO, the government's IT and communications national training organisation, has launched a new Web site aimed at providing information and advice for those seeking a career in IT.

Visitors to the IT Compass site will be able to access information on how to enter IT, where the opportunities are and what employers expect from applicants.

The site has three main sections: Women in IT, work experience and IT for non-IT graduates.

In addition, 23 more companies this week signed up to the e-skills NTO Employers' Charter, including the South East England Development Agency, London School of Computing and Communications Studies, BDP, and Asset IT.

Karen Price, chief executive of the e-skills NTO, said: "The growing support from industry is exactly what we need to resolve the skills issues and poor image plaguing the IT and telecoms industries."

Launched in March 2001 with founding signatories including IBM, Logica, Microsoft, Nortel, Ericsson and ARM, the Charter commits employers to working with the e-skills NTO to address the skills issues facing the IT and telecoms industries both now and in the future.

Signatories also commit to addressing the image of IT, recruitment into the industry, and increasing the provision of work experience placements within their organisations.

How would you spend the £15m IT training budget?

Further information
e-skills NTO: www.e-skillsnto.org.uk/charter

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