The ITQ framework and qualification structure was developed by e-skills UK (the Sector Skills Council for IT) to support the development of IT user qualifications across awarding bodies. These qualifications are based on units of credit and are accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
The ITQ units are aligned to the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for IT Users. This ensures that the skills and knowledge outlined in the units represent the needs of employers and are relevant to learners of all types.
'Over three quarters (77%) of the UK workforce use IT in their jobs yet 1 in 10 businesses say there are gaps in the IT skills they need. ITQ is helping to fill these gaps'. e-skills uk
The QCF awards credit for qualifications and units. It enables people to gain qualifications at their own pace along flexible routes. This approach offers many benefits; in particular, it gives learners more freedom and choice. It also allows them to accumulate credits at their own pace and transfer credits between qualifications, to avoid having to repeat learning.
The QCF aims to provide for a simple yet flexible structure that allows for the maintenance and continuing development of a qualifications system that is:
The NOS for IT users was developed by e-skills UK. It outlines the specific skills needed for a variety of job roles, and details 26 specific areas of competence needed by IT users across all sectors. They were developed with employers to ensure they are relevant to the skills required by industry.