Recognising Training in IT

The Information and Technology Training Specialist Group (I&TTSG) is launching BCS Training Practitioner Week today. The week includes profiles of some very interesting people working in IT who consider that training is an important element of their work, the first of whom is Jan Collie, who specialises in Computer Forensics and finds that training people in IT security is an important element of her job.

One of the purposes of BCS Training Practitioner Week is to raise the profile of training practitioners in IT across the profession. We already know about the difficulties surrounding Computing and IT as a desirable career choice and training has very much the same issues to contend with. Many trainers start out their careers in IT and then 'grow up' into soft skills training, leadership and management. They don't seem to consider IT training as a viable career because they are undervalued by both their training/HR and IT colleagues. We don’t appear to fit into either world and so sit in no-man’s land feeling unaffiliated to either. To help redress this, BCS is working closely with other organisations to recognise training in IT as a career path and encouraging learning and development professionals to aspire to CITP.

Training Practitioner Week day 1 call to action!

Please find out who is responsible for IT Training in your organisation and send them an email to say how much you appreciate what they do. You could link to this blog to explain why you are doing it. If you don't have anyone who does that role in your organisation, or it is actually you who does it, why not say 'thank you' to the others who read this blog by posting a comment?

By the way, if you feel strongly about this topic, please respond to our poll 'Should IT Training, it its widest form, be recognised as a valuable career option within the IT Profession? The more views we have on the subject, the more we can represent them.

More information about Training Practitioner Week, including today's profile, can be found on the SG website http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=conWebDoc.34125

About the author
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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