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Home > News > May 2006 > 22-May-2006

New system aims to tackle IT skills gaps

Online learning provider SkillSoft has launched a new product that's designed to provide organisations with a strategic analysis of their IT personnel.

SkillSoft says the product - called SkillView - gives an overview of learning needs, flags up organisational skills strengths and weaknesses, and identifies areas where skills coverage is low or high.

Once IT skills gaps have been identified, SkillSoft says their new system will enable organisations to map a database of IT skill descriptions and job profiles to associated learning content. Users can also add their own organisation-specific jobs and skills.

SkillSoft says the SkillView Competency Model currently contains more than 250 universal and IT-specific competencies, with approximately 100 mainstream IT job titles profiled against those competencies. The company adds that the entire SkillSoft curriculum can subsequently be aligned to these with updates to core skills and courses updated automatically.

Kevin Young, managing director of SkillSoft, said: "Last year we undertook a major study where we spoke to senior HR practitioners across a number of global 500 companies.

"It was clear that the most sophisticated organisations amongst them had a very strong focus on linking learning to business objectives. These companies were routinely mapping competencies to job roles to help ensure their workforces have the skills required to address the needs of their businesses."

"However, not all organisations have the time or the necessary resources available to help them achieve this. SkillView is designed to provide these aspiring organisations with an easy to implement solution, without placing an unnecessary burden on either IT or HR personnel."

SkillSoft says future releases of SkillView will expand on the IT offering to include finance, sales, marketing, engineering and other job disciplines.

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