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					31st January 2008

Regional Skills Partnerships Newsletter
In This Issue
 Regionally Speaking articles from: o West Midlands o South West o Y&H o North East o East of England o South East  News from the Sectors: o o o Cogent GoSkills e-Skills

Regionally Speaking
Sector Skills Councils Support Train to Gain
In the West Midlands, Sector Skills Council (SSCs) have been addressing the regional priority to improve the effectiveness of the integrated employment and skills brokerage. Here are a few examples of how different SSCs have been supporting the Train to Gain service in the region. Supporting skills development within the metals industry is the role of MetSkill, the wholly own the strategic skills body of Semta, the SSC for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies. Working closely with the LSC and West Midlands Brokerage Service, Semta has secured Train to Gain funding to support 64 learners across three key metals companies in the region. Colin Horton, Divisional HR Manager, Caparo Precision Tubes, Oldbury, explains: “MetSkill have been invaluable in advising us how we can knit together the training of staff with maintaining company operations. It‟s a real partnership. With their help we have shown that doing Level 2 and 3 is achievable. There is now a groundswell within the company to get more of the workforce qualified.” Skills for Care, the SSC for social care, children, early years and young people's workforces, is one of the first SSCs to secure a contract from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to enable qualified and experienced social care professionals to deliver the Train to Gain brokerage service direct to the care sector in the West Midlands. Helen Wilcox, proprietor of Woodford Home Care, Wolverhampton and Dudley, is delighted with this progress: “I can‟t speak highly enough of the Train to Gain initiative. It is critical and a significant contribution to drive up standards of care at a time when the social care sector has taken a real step forward in professionalising its workforce. It‟s raising people‟s self esteem but the best thing is the boost in confidence that individuals get from going through quality training. It gives them the capacity to assert themselves and feel empowered. If we don‟t empower our workers then we are never going to empower anybody that uses our services.” A meeting organised by Skills for Logistics, the SSC for freight logistics and the wholesaling industry, introduced Train to Gain to over 35 employers including A F Blakemore and Sons, Willenhall. Rob Clement, HR Manager, said: “Our broker was exceptionally good. We worked together to identify the whole needs of the business and potential solutions.” The result is a combined approach encompassing NVQs at levels 2 and 3, plus „safe and fuel efficient driver training‟ and basic skills. An initial group of 45 staff are set to benefit from the training. Skills for Logistics support continues working with Targeted Training Projects to ensure there are enough trained assessors and to embed Skills for Life development into the NVQ to provide a tailored solution for A F Blakemore. Market leaders, Ibstock Brick, continually look for ways to innovate and improve processes. So they turned to Proskills, the SSC for the process and manufacturing sector, for support in ensuring their staff benefit from the NVQ in Business Improvement Techniques. John Lambert, TPM Manager at Ibstock Brick

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said: “Proskills‟ expertise and knowledge combined with the excellent connections they hold with key stakeholders in the world of skills and funding, have been instrumental in instigating an effective outcome for Ibstock, with Train to Gain providing the largest part of the funding for this training. It has been a pleasure working with a group of organisations that are not competing with each other but, on the contrary, collaborating in partnership to the benefit of employers.” Research by GoSkills, the SSC for passenger transport, showed that only 4% of sole traders in their sector hold an industry-specific NVQ Level 2 or higher. Prior to GoSkills intervention Train to Gain funding was not available to self-employed individuals. Working in collaboration with industry and the LSC, they negotiated an extension to Train to Gain funding to cover Level 2 training for self employed taxi and private hire drivers. Peter Huntington, GoSkills Chief Executive said: “This is a major breakthrough for drivers, operators and proprietors, and will help promote greater public awareness of the professionalism of the industries. Now funding is available, we are assisting the industries to access it and advising them on the qualifications eligible.” Paul Lowe, of Business Link West Midlands said: “We have worked very closely with the transport sector and the engineering sector to bring the Train to Gain service to the attention of the employers that they serve. It has been a very useful partnership for all those concerned.” He is currently working with Lantra, the SSC for the environmental and land-based sector, to benefit hard to reach rural businesses in the West Midlands.

Enterprise Training in the South West
On the 5 December the SW RSP held another of its single subject Alliance Meetings on the SW RSP priority of Enterprise Training. The alliance meeting went some way to describe the issues that the South West region confronts. It also demonstrated some of the good things which are already going on in the region; finishing with some key recommendations for the SW RSP to take forward. The meeting kicked off with a presentation by John Bennett, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise South West, followed by Jeremy Filmer-Bennett, Chief Executive of Devon and Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and finally Marie Getheridge Head teacher of Writhlington School, a designated business and enterprise school. (All presentations are available on the SW RSP website) The table discussion centred on three issues: 1. The extent to which the region needs to provide enterprise training within the school curriculum, and to encourage teachers to foster entrepreneurial skills.     Enterprise activity in schools varies across the region. Teachers low levels of enterprise experience is an issue. The government should prioritise enterprise skills. The definition of enterprise is varied, enterprise targets can be hard to measure


There are endless initiatives. It is important that anything the region does is not seen as yet another initiative. Ideas

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Use RDA discretionary budgets for enterprise skills development. Putting pressure on schools, to use available funds for enterprise work – possible regional pressure needed. ESF tenders, related to NEETs there doesn‟t seem to be an explicit specification of the role that enterprise could play in ESF funding to address some of the NEET problems.

2. The need to do more in the region on delivering enterprise and business planning skills.       Business Link are not always seen by businesses as being sufficiently business orientated. Many people within organisations are using ideas which are outdated. Businesses need good mentoring. There is a need for more integration with the local business community. Management skills are important; there is a need to teach effective business planning. The Brussels example is not necessarily the way to go forward, but there does need to be a system for teaching business skills.

3. What should the RSP be doing to encourage undergraduates and graduates to set up their own businesses.        There needs to be better links throughout schools, Foundation Degrees and University. Need to integrate business skills into all HE Courses. Need to publicise the examples where good practice is taking place. There is an opportunity for the RSP to bring together such examples; could use this as a base for a future event. Enterprise within the curriculum should be made mandatory. Where LSC funding is being given, maybe enterprise should be an integrated part of it. There is a need to make sure that business failure is not stigmatised (e.g. US) this would encourage a more entrepreneurial culture. There are opportunities around the Olympics to help foster an enterprise culture.

The SW RSP will be holding its Annual Conference on the 20 May on the subject of Enterprise Skills. For more information please contact Bryony Judd .

Defining the regional Skills Offer to business in Yorkshire and the Humber
There are many changes and challenges affecting the delivery of business support and Government funded skill services both nationally and within the Yorkshire & Humber region. The drive towards simplification of business support services (with plans to reduce the number of programmes and initiatives from over 3,000 to 100 by

2010), the emergence of the Regional Contact Centre for Train to Gain and the new requirements for the Information Diagnostic Brokerage (IDB) services for Business Link are central to this. National skills and qualifications imperatives are being tackled through the Train to Gain Service. This is encouraging employers to support training linked to national qualifications, and to address the Skills for Life needs of their employees. This may provide useful leverage to be able to engage employers who have traditionally steered clear of business support services. Other workforce development and business improvement services such as Better Deal for Business will continue to have an important role to play in improving business competitiveness. Supporting these objectives offer many exciting opportunities for Yorkshire Forward and the Regional Skills Partnership to work together to capitalize on new approaches, and build stronger relationships with new, existing and hard to reach employers and thereby improve the competitiveness of the regional economy. The skills agenda is complex and there are a number of considerations. For example;   The need to target support on economic demands for the region but still balance social needs. Understanding the short term drivers from employers – i.e. impact of people and jobs with environmental taxes. The tendency to see training as a cost rather than an investment. The broad range and variable quality of short course provision in tackling immediate skills needs of business when a longer term perspective is often not taken. Skill shortages and the role of Jobcentre Plus and the recruitment and selection agenda. Many businesses experience skill shortages but still remain reluctant to train „green‟ labour. The scope, range and incentives to attract inward investment. Addressing the skills needs of Business start Ups and ensuring improved business formation survival rates. The links to other business support themes/simplification – particularly innovation. Ensuring and maintaining a regional focus to the three priorities already identified;  employability  business support  higher level skills Skills for Life (Basic Skills) and the government imperatives for level 2 Provision/attainment. The complex nature of funding formulae that confuses and frustrate the business community. The flexibility afforded to Train to Gain services – targets for Skill Pledges.



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The aim of the piece of work is to do the following:  Carry out a review and examination of existing government funded skills support services in the Y&H region that support recruitment, management and people development activity. Conduct 14 structured interviews with members of the Regional Skills Partnership and other key supply agencies to include; Learning & Skills Council; Yorkshire Forward (three staff); SSDA Partnership; Skills Broker Organisations (L&M brokerage & SBO); Higher Education; Chamber of Commerce; Local Authorities; Associate of Colleges; Association of Training Providers; Investors in People Regional Centre. Prepare a summary report and present findings including options for future regional skills development. Determine and articulate an outline customer offer appropriate to skills solutions. Recommend issues to be addressed by the regional Skills Partnership that would create the best possible workforce for the region.


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For further information please contact Tina Maisuria:

Dolly Parton Visits South Yorkshire
Superstar Dolly Parton jetted into South Yorkshire for the launch of a scheme to help kids to read. The Country music legend and Oscar-nominated star was at the official launch of her „Imagination Library‟, at the Magna Science and Adventure Centre, in Rotherham, on December 5 2007. The launch was hosted by Rotherham Council Leader Roger Stone and attended by specially invited VIP guests. The Imagination Library project was developed in 1995 and was first launched in East Tennessee in 2006 by the singer – famous for worldwide hits such as Nine to Five, Jolene and I Will Always Love you, to persuade the County‟s pre-school children and their families to read more. The Imagination Library involves posting a carefully selected new book each month for children from birth until the age of five and is supported by Rotherham Chamber of Commerce. Council Chiefs in Rotherham have taken a leaf out of the singer‟s book and are introducing the method locally. Sharon Pickering – Director of YH RSP with other selected Board members was amongst a small number of specially invited VIP guests and found the launch to be inspiring. For further information please contact Tina Maisuria:

Minister for Sport to launch Skills Roadshow in the Region
A brand new „Skills, Employability and Education 2012 Framework for Action‟ will be launched in the Yorkshire and Humber region in April 2008 by the Minister for Sport, Gerry Sutcliffe MP. Organised by the Regional Skills Partnership, and with funding from the Learning and Skills Council this event will be an excellent opportunity to consult with up to 250 partners across the region, and share a vision for supporting the Games, and developing a sustainable skills legacy for our businesses, individuals and communities. The Framework is fully aligned with „Yorkshire Gold‟ our region‟s strategy for seizing the opportunities of the Games, and it has been developed over the past 9 months with the support of over 100 partners already. A „Core Group‟ of strategic partners has also been formed in November to ensure the Framework is delivered with vigour and innovation over the coming years. The date and venue details for this showcase event are being finalised, but in the

meantime if you would like to register early interest in attending the event, please email and he will ensure that you receive an invitation in due course and include you on the growing „Virtual Network‟ for this area of activity. Please keep visiting: WWW.YHRSP.COM site for further information as it becomes available For further information please contact Tina Maisuria:

Developing entry level occupational routeways a partnership approach
The Regional Skills Partnership “Skills North East” asked a task and finish group to embed and further develop employer led routeways to improve recruitment and retention of employees. To achieve this objective, partners were engaged from across the North East including LSC, SSC‟s, NEEC, RSP, ONE North East and Business Link to form the Pre Employability Sub Group. The Group agreed to develop six demand led entry level occupational routeways. A variety of occupations were considered Improve – food and drink industry E skills – contact centre industry Logistics – movement and supply of goods Construction – training for trainers Construction – future builders Energy and Utility – cable jointers As well as occupational skills the group agreed that employability skills would be built into the opportunities. These modules, detailing the skills that employers want, were developed just prior to the work led by Asset Skills. The modules were considered by a wide range of partners, providers and employers before being agreed. The routeways developed by SSCs with support from employers and other partners are now a regional tool available on the RSP website. A template has been developed to ensure the opportunities are recorded in a standard format giving initial details and links to further information held on the appropriate SSC and updated by SSCs. The routeways can, and should, be used anywhere in the country. They can be accessed by individuals, providers, employers or funders to initiate a programme to meet employer demand. Representatives on the group recognised that similar work had been carried out elsewhere and felt that this initiative should be taken up at a national level. This would help reduce the duplication of effort, ensure a standard is achieved and maintained and enable a broader range of routeways to be available enabling quicker solutions to be presented to employers. The group has concluded its task, a representative from Jobcentre Plus will continue to work with SSCs interested in developing the available workforce, encouraging them to adopt this method of developing and advertising routeways. Partners will regularly bring these tools to the attention of stakeholders. If you would like further information, please e-mail:

EESCP helps Karren Brady kick off new season of enterprise lectures
The 2008 series of Enterprise Tuesday lectures at the University of Cambridge has opened with Karren Brady, managing director of Birmingham City Football Club, supported by the East of England Skills and Competitiveness Partnership (EESCP). (Front L to R: Karen Beckwith & Julia Nix of EESCP, Karren Brady, Back L to R: Shailendra Vyakarnam & Shima Barakat CfEL) On 22 January, around 300 students, academics and members of the business community heard Karren Brady deliver a candid and entertaining speech about strategies for success in business. The event was part of the Enterprise Tuesday series of lectures and networking sessions managed and delivered by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL). It was supported by EESCP and Nations and Regions East (NRE), the regional partnership working to maximise benefits to the East of England from the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. With the London 2012 Games on the horizon, Karren focused on the entrepreneurial skills required to make the most of an opportunity and turn it into a successful business. Drawing on her experience of transforming Birmingham City FC from a company in administration into a profitable, multi-million enterprise and highly successful brand, Karren cited determination, enthusiasm and persistence among her key tips for the top. In a speech dramatised by colourful anecdotes, Karren had plenty of nononsense, pragmatic insights for would-be entrepreneurs in any field of enterprise and management. Not least among these was the importance of winning the hearts and minds of everyone involved with the business, from the junior administrator to the star player. Building and maintaining strong relationships based on trust were vital, she said, inside the business, with customers and with the wider community.” Karren Brady‟s presentation conveyed all the drive, passion and understanding of the skills needed to succeed in business at any level. Karen Beckwith, partnership and performance director of EESCP said, “We‟re really delighted. I‟m sure that Karren‟s lessons will have inspired the audience to pursue their own ambitions. It was also a pleasure to support CfEL and a great opportunity for EESCP to strengthen learning and business support links with the University of Cambridge and local businesses.” About the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL), part of Judge Business School, aims to spread the spirit of enterprise to both the University of Cambridge community and to wider national and international audiences through the creation and delivery of a range of educational activities that inspire and build skills in the practice of entrepreneurship. The Centre collaborates with over 200 experienced entrepreneurs, innovators and other practitioners to provide relevant, credible and practical training. Around 40 courses, events and programmes in entrepreneurship are run per year and attended by more than

2000 students and delegates. Enterprise Tuesday This series of free evening lectures and networking sessions is run by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) from October to February each year. The aim is to inspire people to pursue entrepreneurial ambitions and build basic business skills. It is also coordinated with the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE) business creation competitions. For more information about Enterprise Tuesday and the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL), please visit the CfEL web site: For more about the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games see: East of England Rising to the Challenge campaign: London 2012 website

Berkshire Byte-Size
Berkshire is known as the Silicon Valley of the UK, owing to the concentration of large and small IT companies located there. The Berkshire Skills Alliance, working with South East Regional Skills for Productivity Alliance‟s network of Local Skills for Productivity Alliances (LSPAs) have worked with Colleges, Business Link and e-skills UK to develop a series of ten bite sized interactive workshops to support over 120 employers. These workshops are aimed at increasing the management and leadership skills of existing and new managers working in the ICT sector who often have high level technical skills but need the softer business skills to go alongside. Employers pay £50 to participate. The workshops have proven to be very successful attracting and enthusing participating managers. The need to develop the Management and Leadership skills of companies in the ICT sector is not unique to Berkshire and this workshop model is also being successfully run through the LSPA network in Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey. Brigitte Needs, Partnership Manager, South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) added “When the South East Regional Skills for Productivity Alliance established it‟s network of LSPAs, the South East RSPA wanted to ensure that local employers receive the local training solution that they require. Berkshire LSPA working alongside key regional partners such as Business Link Berkshire, eskills UK and local FE colleges has done just that.”

For further information please contact Alex Ward at

News from the Sectors


English Universities to Deliver Foundation Degrees for Nuclear Sector
The National Skills Academy for Nuclear has selected the universities of Central Lancashire and Portsmouth to jointly develop and deliver the leading-edge foundation degrees that are needed by the nuclear sector to support job progression opportunities. The universities will work with the Skills Academy and other partners to provide “up-skilling” foundation degrees for school leavers, new entrants and individuals retraining. The unique vocational degrees will address the skills challenges that this strategically important industry is facing and fit within the “Skills Pyramid” model that identifies the industry needs, from apprenticeships through to research. David Bonser, Executive Director of BNFL and Chair of the Skills Academy Board said: „To have appointed these Universities to work with us is a major step forward for the Skills Academy. The Foundation Degree programme is viewed as essential by employers across the sector to ensure a flow of skilled and competent staff throughout the industry. Employers look forwards to working with the Universities to ensure the content of the Degrees really meets employer needs‟. Jean Llewellyn, Chief Executive of the National Skills Academy Nuclear commented: „I am delighted that we have appointed two such forward thinking Universities to lead on the development of Foundation Degrees for the Nuclear Industry. These Foundation Degrees, which are totally employer focussed, are vital to meet the skills challenges facing the Nuclear Industry, ensuring progression and development opportunities across the sector now and in the future‟. ******** Clive Smith OBE will join Cogent as Skills Director for the Nuclear Industry on February 11th. Clive has a long and distinguished career in the nuclear industry. He started as an apprentice Control Engineer with the Royal Navy and following a career spanning over 30 years and a variety of roles, was appointed the MoD‟s Head of Nuclear Skills Team. For further information contact: Judith Cowan on 01925 515 214 or Mervin Dadd on 01925 515 212

Process Industries NSA Launched
The key objectives of the UK‟s fifth National Skills Academy – the National Skills Academy for Process Industries – was announced at the official launch in London on 24th January. The Academy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cogent which is the Sector Skills Council for the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, nuclear, oil and gas, petroleum and polymer industries. Cogent CEO Joanna Woolf, said: “Everyone who has been involved in getting the National Skills Academy Process Industries off the ground over the past two years should be congratulated on a truly visionary achievement. Cogent sees the Skills Academy as being a crucial initiative that will offer a longterm solution to skills shortages and gaps, and support the strategic and highly regulated industries in the process industries in remaining competitive and sustainable. Skills Minister David Lammy said: "I am delighted that Process Industry employers have seized upon the National Skills Academy initiative. This demonstrates a clear commitment on their part to ensuring that skills continue to drive the growth of this important sector".

Winning Night for GoSkills
GoSkills rewarded for apprenticeship work
GoSkills, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for Passenger Transport, was a big winner at Solihull College‟s Apprenticeship Awards evening held at Solihull Moors Football Club in December. GoSkills, which has employed several apprentices in the past few years, won Employer of the Year in the Business and Administration category. The award was presented by Brenda Sheils, Principal of Solihull College, and rewarded GoSkills for the support and guidance that it has provided as an apprentice employer. Further GoSkills‟ success came with its latest apprentice, 20-year-old Richard Mott, winning Student of the Year in Business and Administration. Richard‟s dedicated work, both in the office and at college, was recognised as he has strived to undertake his apprenticeship in Public Service Administration, which includes an NVQ level 3 in Business and Administration. His work includes being GoSkills‟ webmaster, as well as delivering a presentation on the regeneration of Birmingham and Solihull to a large audience which included representatives from the public sector, council members and the Mayor of Solihull. The evening was capped off with more success when Richard was announced as Apprentice of the Year at Solihull College‟, beating around 350 other apprentices to the title. His award was presented by Ron Atkinson, former football player and manager turned TV pundit, who was once an apprentice himself. John Kinder, Richard‟s manager and GoSkills‟ Director of Finance and Administration, said: “We are really proud of Richard. He has done exceptionally well and these awards reflect his efforts and dedication to both his job and his studies. It is also pleasing to have our efforts recognised – we have enjoyed supporting the College‟s apprenticeship programme, and have benefited greatly from being involved.” For further information contact Fraser Tennant – Communications Executive – 0121 635 5531, email:

GoSkills Chair says New Licence is Top priority
Nick Mitchell takes over as Stephen Telling steps down
Nick Mitchell, new Chairman of GoSkills, has made gaining re-licensing his top priority as his appointment was announced today. Mr Mitchell is the former HR Director for the Go-Ahead Rail Group and before that Virgin Trains, prior to rail privatisation he was Deputy Managing Director of Intercity West Coast. He now runs a consultancy business and serves on the Railway Pensions Commission. Mr Mitchell takes over from outgoing Chairman Stephen Telling, Chairman and Chief Executive of Tellings Golden Miller Group PLC, who has held the role since July 2006. Mr Mitchell already has substantial knowledge of GoSkills having been appointed as a non-executive Board director in January 2006 and also acting as Chairman of the company‟s Stakeholder Board.


Considerable industry experience has also been added to the Board of GoSkills, with the appointment of new Directors Dave Kaye, Deputy Managing Director of the First Group UK Bus Division1 and Richard Parry, Director of Strategy and Service Development for London Underground.2 For further information contact Fraser Tennant – Communications Executive – 0121 635 5531, email:

GoSkills to host further PCV Driver CPC Briefings Bus and Coach Operators in Belfast and in the North East and East Midlands regions of England are invited to attend information briefings on the introduction of the PCV Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) 1 – the first such events to be hosted in 2008 by GoSkills. John Smith, GoSkills’ PCV Driver Training Adviser, said: “Following the successful PCV Driver CPC briefings which GoSkills ran throughout last year, we are now inviting operators to attend a further series of events as we approach the implementation date later this year.” The benefits of the PCV Driver CPC will be improvements in the overall quality of employees available to the bus and coach industries, an increase in road safety as well as the promotion of a more professional image, attracting more people to drive buses and coaches for a living. The North East and East Midlands briefings will also provide information on the Train to Gain2 service launched by the Learning and Skills Council which is

designed to help businesses get the training they need to succeed. Date and Venues for Briefings: (Joint event with CPT Northern Region): Riverside Cricket Ground, Chester le Street, Wednesday 13 February 10am – 1pm Co Durham Wednesday 20 February: Holiday Inn Derby, Nottingham M1, Junction 25 10am – 2pm Thursday 21 February: Belfast Waterfront, 2 Lanyon Place, Belfast, County Antrim 1.30pm – 3.30pm *If you are interested in the event in County Durham please call Ann Bubbear on 07841 050 361 or email: *For the Nottingham event please contact Hannah Ferguson, Event Coordinator on 0845 058 6644 or email: *If you would like to attend the Belfast event please contact Helen Barratt on 0121 635 5022 or email: The briefings are free and open to all operators regardless of CPT or GoSkills membership.

e-Skills UK issues latest Telecoms Bulletin
e-skills UK has published the latest issue of the Telecoms Bulletin - the definitive source of information about changes in the demand/supply of Telecoms labour and skills in the UK. This issue covers the usual array of Telecoms related labour market information together with a focus page providing some more in-depth information about ICT staff recruitment/development within the Telecoms sector, using information collected via our IT Insights surveys. The e-skills UK Telecoms Bulletin is a bi-annual publication, providing a summary of all the latest Telecoms data collected from Government and private sources, focusing in particular on changes in demand for labour and skills. The current and past issues are available to download from the e-skills UK website following registration. For further information and to subscribe to the Bulletin free-of-charge, please go to or Anne Coquin on 01788 552404 / 0207 963 8924 or 07818 015217

Proposed changes to National Occupational Standards for IT users – have your say!
Following a series of events and focus groups during the autumn, e-skills UK has published for wider consultation an amended set of National Occupational

Standards for people who use IT in their every day jobs. The National Occupational Standards are the basis for IT user qualifications. Drafts of the IT Professional and Telecoms standards will be availble shortly. The draft standards can be found at We would welcome comment on the standards as a whole, or on individual areas or statements of competence. You will need to log in to view and comment. If you are registered on the website already, please use your individual login. Otherwise, please register and you will be sent your login details instantly. The public consultation on this version of the draft standards will remain open until 28 February 2008. Additions and amendments as a result of your feedback will be clearly signposted.

Employers unite to help new IT professionals meet the challenges of globalisation
A revolutionary development programme to fast-track the careers of new IT professionals is announced today by e-skills UK, the employer-led Sector Skills Council for IT and Telecoms. This unique Masters' level programme is being created by universities and employers. Universities will also work with participating employers to deliver it. Karen Price, CEO e-skills UK said: "Many traditional entry-level IT roles are disappearing from the UK due to offshoring and technological advances. At the same time, increasing numbers of IT professional roles in the UK are becoming focused on highly skilled, customer-focused areas such as project management, business analysis and solutions design. "This means that new IT professionals must be able to progress rapidly to demanding roles without access to the kind of jobs that would help them to build their skills and experience: they have to climb a career ladder with the bottom rungs missing. Our new programme will help to bridge this gap, enabling graduate recruits to build a strong foundation of competence in the early years of their career. It will make a real difference to new IT professionals and their employers." Companies large and small are backing the programme, including Accenture, Aviva, BA, BBC, BT, Carphone Warehouse, Cable and Wireless, Cisco, EDS, Fujitsu, Government, HP, IBM, LogicaCMG, Microsoft, Oracle, Reuters, Royal Mail, Sainsburys, UBS, Unilever, Vodafone and Whitbread. Between them, these organisations employ around one in four (25%) of the UK's IT and Telecoms professionals. Universities already involved in the programme include Cranfield University, Lancaster University Management School, Manchester Business School, the Open University and UCL. The programme is also supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The content of the programme will reflect the industry-endorsed IT Professional Competency Model (PROCOM), which builds on the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) to provide a framework for IT professional learning and qualifications. For more details, go to or contact Anne Coquin on 01788 552404 / 0207 963 8924 M: 07818 015217 E: e-skills UK is campaigning to make the UK world class in technology skills

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