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BCS offers free IT skills assessment for individuals

The British Computer Society (BCS) is offering individuals a free IT skills assessment for anyone wishing to identify their strengths and weaknesses in computing. The Society's Training Needs Analysis (TNA) resource will be available on the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) website, which is managed in the UK by the BCS.

The TNA is suitable for anyone considering furthering their skills with an IT qualification, particularly ECDL, which is the fastest growing IT core skills qualification in the UK. Users can complete an online questionnaire which assesses their current skills and a graph highlighting areas of proficiency and areas where further training is recommended will be sent via email.

As the TNA is closely aligned with the latest ECDL syllabus; the skills graph highlights competencies in the seven ECDL modules, which include word processing, databases, and understanding the basic concepts of IT.

Wilf Voss, ECDL marketing manager explains, "It is hoped the TNA will be used as a first step to furthering individual IT skills as people will be able to quickly assess their capabilities and decide whether further training is needed. It will show individuals whether they are ready to sit an ECDL module exam immediately or instead undertake the training. The TNA enables people to make an informed choice about their training needs and with an increasing number of employers asking for ECDL as a sign of IT proficiency, completing the TNA is the best place to start."

The TNA will soon be available to businesses and will offer an invaluable resource to measure return on investment. An ROI report can be created for organisations eager to determine the level of staff IT competency and to assess how much time could be saved with an IT proficient office.

After staff have completed the initial skills questionnaire the ROI report will calculate how much time is being wasted due to lack of IT knowledge. This will be particularly useful for training and HR managers who are responsible for evaluating training needs and allocating budgets.

"Knowing how much time can be saved in a working day is a vital piece of information for any business and as an independent study by the NHS* revealed, staff equipped with ECDL can save up to 38 minutes per day, which multiplied over a 12 month period, can bring an organisation vast savings." Wilf Voss concluded.

*Research conducted by LearnECDL and the NHSIA

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