2 April 2020

A new campaign highlights the essential role IT professionals are playing in connecting people personally and professionally, during the COVID-19 crisis.

The #vITalworker campaign launched by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is asking people to share and celebrate examples of IT and IT professionals working to keep essential elements of our national life functioning.

Simply @ tag them in a social media post on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook and include the hashtag #vITalworker in that post.

BCS will be tagging the best #vITalworker examples in postings from its accounts and giving those professionals the opportunity to claim a vital worker sticker and badge.

As part of the campaign, BCS will be running weekly webinars on everything from cyber security risks to be aware of, to mental wellbeing top tips and how to protect children and vulnerable groups from social media harm.

BCS’ volunteer community are also contributing to the national effort in many ways including linking up with charities to harness their IT skills, helping local communities with troubleshooting tech issues, and, in the case of teachers, supporting each other through the Computing at Schools (CAS) network.

BCS Chief Executive, Paul Fletcher said: “As the coronavirus crisis moves our personal and professional lives online, computing and digital services are more valuable to society than ever.

“We want to support and champion IT professionals doing vital work to protect the national infrastructure, including the NHS, during these difficult times.”

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