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BCS to hold SFIA workshop
The British Computer Society (BCS) is holding a half-day workshop on the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) in London later this month.
At the event, BCS chief professional development consultant Mike Chad is expected to tell the audience that a new 'super breed' of IT professional - with comprehensive business, leadership, and communication skills - is required to deliver the information needs of 21st Century organisations.
Chad said: "Demand for IT workers has shifted from the basic ability to automate business processes, to those who have a strategic view of the world, and can deliver innovation which transforms the business."
He added: "IT workers must have a professional attitude, and accept full accountability for the consequences of their recommendations. HR departments and senior managers need to respond to this trend by assessing their staff according to nationally agreed standards, such as SFIA."
According to the BCS, SFIA provides employers of IT staff with a common framework of reference - including a skills audit, planning future skill requirements, development programmes, standardisation of job titles and functions, and resource allocation.
The BCS says the tool could help employers with everything from advertising positions available at certain grades, to putting forward teams that match internal and external clients' briefs.
Chad concluded: "We are seeing IT becoming endemic, in the sense that everybody in business is using it, and needs to understand it. The demand for the IT professional who can build bridges between the business, and the providers of commodity technical skills, has never been greater."
David Clarke, BCS chief executive, said: "IT has become integral to the success of business in the way that legal and accountancy professionals have over the past 20 years. It is crucial that those working in IT across the numerous disciplines and industries are recognised and developed to professional standards, and BCS-supported programmes such as SFIA are an encouraging movement towards this."
The workshop, aimed at senior IT, human resources and business managers, takes place on 26 February 2007, at the BCS's London office. For more information on the event agenda and costs, visit www.bcs.org/sfiaworkshop
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