BCS encourages people to keep IT skills up to date

5 June 2013

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is encouraging people to make sure their digital skills are fully up to date in order to be competitive in the modern workplace.

The Institute points to the fact that more than 77%* of jobs advertised today require digital skills and employers in the current economic climate are increasingly looking for validation of your digital skills before offering employment.

The value of digital skills were also highlighted in the Prince’s Trust Digital Literacy survey 2013 where it concludes that ‘lack of computer skills is damaging young people’s job chances’

The Institute is supporting VQ Day today. Now in its sixth year, VQ Day is a national celebration recognising the millions of talented and skilled people throughout the UK who are awarded vocational qualifications.

Richard French, BCS Director of Educational Policy says: “Over three-quarters (*77%) of the UK workforce use IT in their jobs, and 1 in 10 businesses say there are gaps in the IT skills they need. Improving your IT skills can enhance your CV and help boost your job prospects, and having a qualification such as the European Computer Driving Licence, (ECDL) proves you have the core IT skills employers are always looking for.”

BCS offers a range of IT vocational qualifications including the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL.) Offered by nearly 2000 education and training centres in the UK, ECDL is widely recognised by employers as a digital literacy standard and is one of the most popular IT qualifications.

Richard continues: “The current job market is extremely competitive; many people put ‘computer skills’ on their CVs, but having a qualification such as ECDL can really help you stand out from the crowd. So it’s no real surprise that we’re seeing an increase in requests for information and registrations for our qualifications.”

* Eskills UK

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