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IT qualification will be useful

Your recent article questions whether there is a need for the Information and Communication Technology Technician (ICTTech) qualification to be offered by the Engineering Council UK (ECUK) (Engineering body pushes new IT qualification, 9 June). In fact, the piece suggests that it might actually add confusion to what is described as an “already overcrowded panoply of IT qualifications”.

But the ECUK award cannot be compared with qualifications such as BCS’s Chartered IT Professional, which is not aimed at technician-level staff.

ECUK is confident that the ICTTech qualification, which has been developed in collaboration with employers and ICT sector bodies, is unique. It is the first professional qualification designed for technicians working in the sector and will provide a non-proprietary competence standard where previously none existed. It will benefit not only those who gain it – providing real recognition of their skills – but also those who employ them.

Andrew Ramsay, chief executive, ECUK

June 16, 2008 in Skills | Permalink


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