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BCS to use e-skills Passport for ITQ candidates
The British Computer Society (BCS) and e-skills UK have announced a partnership agreement that will require all candidates registering for an ITQ in one of BCS’ centres to use an e-skills Passport to assess their existing skills and set an ITQ target profile before commencing training.
Developed by e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for IT and telecoms, ITQ is a training and qualification programme that aims to help staff use technology more effectively in the workplace.
e-skills UK also created the e-skills Passport, an online self-assessment tool and electronic record designed to help candidates and training providers to plan and monitor progress through the qualification, as well as validate unit achievements as they are made.
Karen Price, chief executive, e-skills UK said: "We are delighted that BCS is leading the way by linking e-skills Passport with ITQ in this way, and we hope that this agreement will encourage further integration across the provider community.
"Designed to provide training providers and employers with a unique overview of learners’ technology skills and a way of recording their skills progress, over 15,000 people from more than 800 companies are already using e-skills Passport to boost business productivity.
"An example of the benefits of effective IT user training is provided by a large employer which reports that staff regained an average of 35 minutes per day as result of a structured programme to increase IT user skills. The e-skills Passport/ITQ combination provides for structured skills development based on proper identification of skills gaps."
David Clarke, BCS Chief Executive added: "BCS is committed to providing the best learning experience and support for all candidates taking the ITQ. This is why we are the first ITQ awarding body to commit to this partnership.
"Employers love ITQ because it can be tailored. However, with this flexibility comes the need for a tool to customise and manage the ITQ, which is where the e-skills Passport fits in. Combining the functions of e-skills Passport with our own sophisticated systems will make our assess-train-assess approach to ITQ very straightforward.
"This move to combine e-skills Passport and ITQ benefits the candidate and provides the employer with a complete solution to its technology skills needs: e-skills Passport identifies the skills needs and ITQ provides the training solution. This unique agreement also makes the delivery particularly cost-effective for providers."
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