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Home > News > October 2006 > 31 October 2006

e-skills UK publishes progress report

e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for IT and telecoms, has published a progress report on its activities since its Sector Skills Agreement (SSA) was launched a year ago.

The e-skills UK SSA for IT and Telecoms represents a ten year vision supported by a three year action plan. The SSA aims to ensure that:

  • The UK has a world-class IT and Telecoms professional skills pool
  • All organisations in every sector are able to fully realise the potential of IT to support their business goals
  • All individuals have - and continue to develop - the IT user skills to fully participate in the e-economy.

In its report 'Real People, Real Successes', e-skills UK provides an update on the progress it has made in delivering the three year SSA action plan. This includes projects such as Computer Clubs for Girls; the IT Management for Business (ITMB) degree framework; its online Business IT Guide; the IT Diploma for young people aged 14 to 19 which is available from 2008; and the e-skills Passport, which e-skills UK says is used by 15,000 employees in more than 800 companies to assess and address IT user skills needs.

Karen Price, CEO of e-skills UK said: "e-skills UK brings employers together with government, education and others to address the skills challenges that none of us can fix on our own.

"In July 2005, we published the Sector Skills Agreement for IT and Telecoms, an employer-led strategic agenda for change. Today's report highlights the considerable progress made in delivering on our vision. We are proud to be making a very real contribution to businesses and to people's lives.

"The journey has only just begun. With the rise of the global economy, offshoring, outsourcing, re-skilling and the ever accelerating pace of technological change, this is an exciting and critical time for technology skills development."

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