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BCS launches touch typing qualification

The British Computer Society (BCS) has developed a new touch typing qualification called e-type.

The BCS says the self-paced course costs £35 per employee, for which the full learning software is installed on an organisation's network or is made available as a CD Rom. The fee includes registration, testing and certification as well as technical support.

The system allows employees three attempts at the final test which is awarded at three grades; bronze: 20 words per minute, silver: 40 words per minute and gold: 60 words per minute. The individual's actual achieved typing speed appears on their test certificate.

Pete Bayley, BCS director of qualification products said: "When you consider that the average manager deals with an average of 52 emails a day, being able to touch type responses could significantly reduce the 1.7 hours a day this task takes, leaving the manager more time to work on other projects.

"BCS e-type offers a really simple way to invest in employees and their skills and see real savings in return. Employees who touch type increase productivity and efficiency and because of their more ergonomic use of the keyboard are less likely to be at risk from RSI or neck strain."

Further information on the e-type programme can be found at: www.bcs.org/e-type

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