No surprises there

BCS Training Practitioner week was a great success in raising the profile of training practitioners in IT across the IT community.

We had a fabulous response to our poll with 463 people voting 'yes' in response to the question 'Should IT Training, in its widest form, be recognised as a valuable career option within the IT Profession?' and only 4 people voting 'no'.

Of course, that is not too much of a surprise bearing in mind the audience that reads this blog and looks at the SG website – thanks to all who offered their support so emphatically.

But I want to know about the 4 who answered 'no'.  I am sure there are many more in the wider world who, had they known about it, would also have answered 'no' and these are the people I really want to hear from.  Not to convince them that they are wrong but to open up a dialogue with them to discuss their reasons.  I am sure that they are very genuine ones and we, as a professional group, need to fully understand their resistance.

Please, therefore, if you are one of those people (or wish you had been) or you know of someone, please get in touch.  You can comment on this blog to open up the debate publicly or respond privately to me if you prefer.  I genuinely want to understand and would really appreciate your support in finding out how we are perceived.

By the way, the poll is being left open until the end of February, so you have the chance to respond, positively or negatively if you have not already done so.  It is not designed only for training practitioners, but for all IT Professionals so please forward this to anyone you know may have a view.

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    Michelle Kaye wrote on 4th Mar 2010

    I'd like to think that the people who responded 'no' were only saying that IT Training shouldn't be thought of as part of IT - instead of IT Training isn't valuable career choice...

    If we aren't part of IT, then should we be part of, say HR?

    Throughout my career, I've always been part of the IT Dept - which I've thought right. IT is the dept that (hopefully) knows about new software and does the planning/rollout - thereby, in theory, letting the trainer become an integral part.

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    Neil Spurgeon wrote on 25th Mar 2010

    Hi Jooli,
    It will come as no surprise that I voted Yes but to perhaps throw some light on why someone might have answered No to the very precise question 'Should IT Training, in its widest form, be recognised as a valuable career option within the IT Profession?', there is the issue outlined by Michelle that perhaps Training and Development should still sit within HR, or these days more realistically within OD, than in IT per se, but I also think that there are still some deep feelings in the 'university common rooms' of old fashioned 'Computing' that Trainers are normally women and only 'do' applications whereas of course we all 'know' that 'real' computing is a science!
    I hasten to add that I do not subscribe to this viewpoint, and even those who do are possibly secretly ashamed of themselves, as are many in our world who are 'secretly' racist, so it is highly unlikely that they will respond openly to this, but those stereotypes still DO exist I am sure, perhaps even among some of our retired members?.

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    Jooli Atkins wrote on 29th Mar 2010


    Thank you for being brave enough to say that this type of stereotyping is still there. I was speaking to someone last week - not seen him for many years - and one of his first questions was 'Are you still doing IT training, then?'. He saw it as something that I would do for a while, young children that type of thing, and then go and get a proper job.

    I do have a proper job and it is helping to implement IT systems designed and developed by computer scientists (amongst others) by ensuring that the users of the system are both competent and confident in its use. I think that I, and my colleagues, do a great job of it - after all, it is a fairly tall order to start with, when the system is often not designed with a user in mind but rather a task, a process or even a bit of 'computing magic'!

    Thanks again.


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Jooli Atkins (FBCS, CITP) has been involved in the IT profession for the past 25 years, mainly in Learning and Development. She is the Chair of the BCS Learning and Development Specialist Group and CITP assessor as well as being an accredited SFIA consultant, specialising in Business Change.

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