16 January 2013
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has welcomed the recent announcement that the Government intends to introduce traineeships. However, the Institute is calling for digital skills to be included in the scheme alongside literacy and numeracy.
Richard French, Director of Education Policy, BCS Learning & Development Ltd, part of the Institute, says: “The traineeship programme is a step in the right direction in helping young people prepare for the workplace. However, we need to ensure that they have all the skills that employers need. With more than 77% of roles requiring technology skills, we must ensure that young people leave school with demonstrable IT User skills which not only add value to their CV, but also meet the needs of employers.”
Richard continues: “By educating our students from a young age in how to use IT as a technology we are equipping them with skills as fundamental in today’s digital society as literacy and numeracy.”
In welcoming the traineeships, BCS is also urging schools to continue to deliver digital literacy, through approved qualifications such as ECDL.