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first_img Comments are closed. NetworkOn 1 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article This month’s networkIndustry support is vital to NTO effortsThe UK is in danger of exporting its IT industry, with grave consequences. To retain and increase the prosperity of the economy, a dramatic improvementin the availability and quality of technical and business skills among the UKworkforce is needed. The key objectives of the e-skills NTO, as outlined in its strategic plan,are to radically improve the image of careers in IT, improve links betweenindustry and educators to ensure the high employability of the workforce,generate an internationally respected IT qualification and create a populationcompetent in, and enthusiastic about, IT. In the 15 months since its inception, the e-skills NTO has made significantsteps towards delivering on these objectives. Backed by leading organisations,including EDS, IBM, BT Cellnet, Ericsson and ICL, it has developed the SkillsFramework for the Information Age, which provides a map to the skills andcompetencies required in IT and telecoms. SFIA can assist with a range of HRneeds, including individual/team assessment, career planning, skills audit andfuture skills planning. Other projects include the e-skills Graduate Apprenticeship, which providesa flexible training structure combining a degree, soft key skills and ITprofessional competence – based on the national occupational standards set bythe e-skills NTO on behalf of industry – and the Prove You Can Do IT project,which has linked vendor qualifications such as Microsoft, Cisco and Novell withNVQs/SVQs, and showed how they complement each other. Great work is being done to meet the aims and objectives of the e-skillsNTO’s strategic plan, but only with continued support will the UK industry beable to stand tall as an internationally respected technology innovator. Terry Watts Chief operating officer, e-skills NTO How we can fulfil the desire to learn I was inspired by your Editor’s Comment on workplace learning (October). Learning is a deep and powerful human instinct that takes considerableeffort to stifle, but so many organisations seem to manage this! Tom Peters once challenged a group of executives to find out what theiremployees did outside work. He speculated that they would discover that mostare passionate, engaged, creative, enthusiastic, giving, hard-working and smart– apart from the eight hours when they are at work! People want to learn. They want to grow. Most of all they want to do a goodjob. They want to help their organisation/employer perform better. Training, learning, education, personal development, coaching are the oxygenof ideas. Managers can provide the light necessary for ideas to grow. My top tips for creating an enthusiasm for learning? – Give recognition to those who learn – Managers should lead by example but workplace peers are powerful rolemodels – Encourage diversity in learning. Creativity often comes from the mostunexpected sources – Managers should be valued by the value they add to their people. David Exeter A Die-Hard Learning Evangelist Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more