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SFIA undergoes major update

The Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) is to undergo its first major update since being taken over by the SFIA Foundation.

SFIA is a reference model designed to help employers with the assessment and planning of IT staff skills development and training.

The update, designed to ensure SFIA remains up-to-date, will be based on consultation with IT practitioners, employers and training providers. The consultations will take place over the next four months.

A project board has been established to oversee the project. It consists of representatives from employers (both supply and user sides), armed forces, government, academia and vendors.

A consultation web site has been set up at: http://sfia.textmatters.com/ and everyone working in IT is invited to visit and provide their comments and feedback. A series of regional workshops will also support the consultation process.

The SFIA Foundation was formed by the British Computer Society (BCS), e-skills UK, the Institute for the Management of Information Systems and the Institution of Electrical Engineers. The BCS is represented on the Foundation's board by its head of professional development, Malcolm Sillars, who also chairs the project board.

"The BCS promotes SFIA as the standard," said Sillars. "SFIA also forms the basis of a value-added BCS product SFIAplus with extra detail previously held in the Industry Structure Model and additional functionality. The alignment of SFIA and the Industry Structure Model has removed any confusion about the positioning of the two models. In short, SFIA is now the cornerstone of the BCS' professional development products and services."

SFIA is already being adopted by employers including insurance company Norwich Union and the Ministry of Defence.

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