Skills management bodies fail to register

UK employees want IT skills to be centrally assessed but most are oblivious that national bodies already exist for skills management.

UK employees want IT skills to be centrally assessed but most are oblivious that national bodies already exist for skills management.

IT "accelerated learning" specialist The Training Camp questioned 609 of its students and found that 79% believed there should be a professional body for IT skills management.

However, 83% of those questioned were unaware of non-profit bodies such as SFIA (Skills Framework for the Information Age), which have been set up to provide national recognition for skills required for certain tasks.

As business models move more towards IT projects with strict deliverables, IT professionals risk criticism of the quality of their skills should a project fail.

SFIA provides a common reference model for the identification of the skills needed to develop effective information systems.

A skills framework also enables employers of IT professionals to carry out a range of human resources activities against a common framework of reference - including skills audits, planning future skill requirements, development programmes, the standardisation of job titles and functions, and resource allocation.

"The UK skills shortage continues to hit the headlines, and the majority of people feel that a nationally recognised framework would enable us to standardise skill sets across the profession.

"But all this is irrelevant if the UK workforce has no idea of the support that is available," said Robert Chapman, CEO at The Training Camp.

Chapman said, "The SFIA is an outstanding organisation and provides the exact information and support IT professionals are looking for. We have the mechanisms in place to alleviate the skills shortage, we just need to ensure the public knows about them - otherwise we are fighting a losing battle."

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