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IT Trainers Newswire #48 – IT managers lack non-IT training, regional skills needs, ICT for SMEs


IT Trainers Newswire - Issue 48
November 2002

REFERENCE: IT Key Skills Guide, IT Resource pack
NEWS: IT managers lack non-IT training, regional skills needs
FORUM: Post your views
ANY ANSWERS: ICT strategy for SMEs, assessing basic PC skills, IT
company training plan

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Latest IT News

IT vacancies continue to fall
No improvement in the jobs market, but in some areas the decline
may be bottoming out:

IT managers short of non-IT training
IT managers increasingly need a range of non-IT skills, but it
looks as if few of them are getting training in them:

A brief history of e-learning
Brian Holley identifies the roots to e-learning in programmed
learning, and looks at the skills required for developing
effective computer-based training.

SCORM in a teacup?
A look at the SCORM standards in e-learning:

Regional IT skills needs examined
The IT skills body, e-skills, has examined ICT skills around the
UK, and identified major needs:

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Any Answers
Any Answers questions on IT issues continue to flood in. Do you
know the answers? If not, do you want to?

- I have been asked to draft an ICT strategy for an SME. Does
anyone have any guidance on what to (and what not to) include -
or a draft strategy to look at?
Marion Blacker

- In preparation for the launch of a new IT system into branches
of a multi-site business that currently have limited PC access, I
would like to identify the basic PC skills levels of staff. Any
ideas or examples of tools would be appreciated.
Simon Fitzgerald

- I am looking for an example of an organisation training plan
from an I.T company, in particular one that shows the link
between business goals and training requirements.
Rebecca Grangeret

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