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British Computing Society introduces new IT qualification

A new computing skills qualification to meet demand for job related IT competency across the labour market has been introduced by the British Computer Society (BCS).

The BCS has launched the EUCIP (European Certification of Informatics Professionals) qualification in response to concerns from British and European management over serious skills gaps in the IT labour market as corporate and public sector IT investment soars.

EUCIP is aimed at bringing together a substantial number of corporate training providers and Higher/Further Education Colleges to supply certified IT training and testing to a wide sector of the labour market including graduates, career changers, non qualified IT practitioners and employees with significant IT responsibilities.

According to BCS Chief Executive David Clarke, "Over two thirds of the nation's workforce uses IT but a significant number of people supporting them in IT departments still do not have any broad-based IT training or certification. This certificate will be essential for candidates who want to document their competencies according to a European standard."

The EUCIP syllabus embraces IT system planning, building and operation, and delivers over 400 study hours of mixed vendor-specific and non-specific training. There are no formal entry requirements for candidates.

The BCS is now appointing a network of accredited training providers and testing centres for the delivery of the EUCIP syllabus.

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