Employers prefer IT qualifications to degrees and A-levels, according to a study by training company New Horizons. Over 55% of the 700 recruitment and training managers questioned said they prefer IT qualifications to degrees when recruiting IT staff. And more than 70% look for qualifications in office automation products rather than GCSEs and A-levels when filling non-technical jobs in management and administration.
Companies are still counting on using IT contract staff to fill short-term skills gaps, even though many believe there will be fewer available, according to a survey by software company HPS Europe. Almost 45% expect reduced availability of contractors because of the new IR35 tax and National Insurance rules. Earlier studies suggest large numbers of freelances will seek work abroad. HPS Europe says this is worrying, because 75% of companies see contractors as their solution to skills shortages.
Four courses in wireless application protocol (Wap) have been launched by Hewlett-Packard Education and mobile telephone company Nokia. The courses, lasting one to three days, cover server installation and configuration, development and business applications. Demand has been so great that the partners have already scheduled 11 sessions for the next six months.
Used printer toner cartridges take thousands of years to degrade, so the British Institute for Brain Injured Children is asking people to send them to it instead of throwing them away. The institute can raise money by recycling toner and inkjet cartridges. The contact is Erica Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org and on 01278-684060.
Courses to show senior staff the importance of company networks and how they work have been put together by GeoTrain, which hopes they will support executives in investment decisions on networks and also help user managers appreciate the work involved in designing and maintaining them. GeoTrain was bought by Global Knowledge last October.
New support for the view that online training via the Internet is set for take-off has come from QA Training, a leading supplier of traditional IT courses, which is spending £8m over the next year on making 170 courses available in this way, with online booking services.