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Home > News > July 2004 > 28-Jul-2004

Young IT professionals seek help with communication skills

Members of the British Computer Society’s Young Professionals Group have called for more opportunities to develop their communications skills due to concerns that their dependency on email is weakening their ability to communicate with colleagues face-to-face.

The Young Professionals Group (YPG) provides representation, services and a support network to all British Computer Society (BCS) members under the age of 35. The YPG is the largest member group in the BCS and represents young IT professionals from many countries.

In response to the findings, the YPG are launching a series of master class style events exploring the skills areas of networking, body language, presentation and communication. Each master class is designed to assist the IT industry’s younger members with developing their communication skills in an informal and relaxed environment.

The first ‘YPG SkillCentre’ event, ‘Networking for Business and Personal Success,’ will take place on 2nd August at the BCS’s headquarters in London. The interactive workshop is designed for anyone wishing to learn how to network confidently and to maximise the opportunities presented in any business situation.

BCS chief executive David Clarke believes such workshops are needed to raise the standards within the IT industry, “The SkillCentre events have been designed with young IT professionals in mind, who may not have had the opportunity to attend training courses that are not directly related to their IT discipline. It is still uncommon for companies to send their IT employees on courses which seek to address non-IT skills shortages, such as communication skills, but these are essential if we are to improve the reputation and professionalism of the IT industry.”

YPG chairman Andrew Brown adds, “Whilst all of our members are IT professionals with the right skills for their jobs, most have had little or no training in the essential interpersonal skills they need to feel comfortable and confident in their business environment. Furthermore, many of our members are students and graduates with limited experience of the working-world and will want to improve their personal skills to complement their newly acquired computer related qualifications.”

Members undertaking the BCS’s CPD scheme will receive 1.5 CPD points (Type 1) for attending.

All SkillCentre events are open to members and non-members, with members receiving a discount. For further information please visit the YPG website

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