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IT Trainers Newswire #44 – the state of the IT market, ICT for Sector Skills Council, new to IT training – what do I do?


IT Trainers Newswire - Issue 44
June 2002

REFERENCE: What's the state of the IT market?
NEWS and FEATURES: ICT recommended for Sector Skills Council
COMMUNITY FEATURES: New to IT training - what do I do?


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Did you know? The UK market for IT training was worth 772m GBP in
2000 and was expected to grow to a value of 850m GBP in 2001.
That's according to the latest report published by Key Note, an
internationally recognised source of leading market research and
industry sector information. According to Key Note, although the
rate of growth in the market has slowed appreciably in the past 2
years, following years of very high rates of expansion in the
mid-1990s, the development of the Internet and intranets has led
to greater demand for Web-related and e-commerce-related IT
skills. In addition, IT has become strategically important for
most businesses, and the employment of adequately trained IT
staff is now central to business strategy.

Meanwhile, the growth of e-commerce is resulting in the merging
of IT with corporate strategy, leading to a demand for IT
training that incorporates more general business skills, says the report. This is opening the general management training
market to IT training vendors and the IT training market to
general management training companies.

The report goes on to look at some fortunes of the key industry
names, customer buying behaviour, general market trends, the
changing requirements of customers, and the opportunities and
threats affecting the IT training market today.

Find out why the IT training market is undergoing a major change
with this definitive 99 page guide, available to purchase now at

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For a round-up of IT training news this fortnight, visit the
TrainingZONE IT pages at:

SmartForce and SkillSoft to merge
SmartForce and SkillSoft plan to merge in a stock-for-stock
transaction, forming a new major player with e-learning products
across broad topic areas.

Review of ICT labour market available online
e-skills UK (formerly the e-skills NTO) has provided the first in
a series of reviews of what's happening in the Information and
Communications Technology market.

ICT sector recommended for Sector Skills Council
E-skills looks likely to become a full Sector Skills Council.

Need materials to develop your staff? TrainingZONE's Library now
has an improved layout to help you find what you need, so for
tried-and-tested materials on team development, management
development, key skills, customer service, personal and
organisational development from TrainingZONE's own authors, see


Any Answers
Top IT questions being asked by TrainingZONE members this month.
Can you help with their questions?

- I am looking for valuable ideas on promoting/Advertising I.T
Training. What is the best way to attract people onto a course?

Ginnette Baker

- Does anyone know of any CBT packages where my agents can learn
more about diagnosing repairs in the home?

Cath Evans

- I am just about to take on IT training to provide basic skills
for people re-joining the workforce. I have never trained IT
before and need a simple training course, appreciate any ideas. I
will be looking at Word, Excel Databases and want to provide 12
days worth of exercises, tests, games etc.

Molly Carey

To answer any of these questions, or add your own, see

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