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TrainingZONE Newswire #332 – The IT Skills Catastrophe


TrainingZONE Newswire - Issue 332
8 November 2004

1. Feature: Self-Service Learning
2. Case Study: Tracking Staff Skills Electronically
3. Lack of Time not Cash Hinders Training
4. The Way I See It... The Notable Leader
5. UK Faces "Catastrophic" IT Skills Gap

Editor's note
Skills scarcity has become common parlance in HRD, but one
report this week puts the danger of failing to act on these
shortages into sharp focus. A major study by the sector
skills council for IT, telecoms and contact centres e-skills
UK found that more than a quarter of companies are suffering
from a lack of basic IT skills, while three quarters of
companies with hard-to fill IT vacancies have delayed
development of new products and services. E-skills warns
that to do nothing would have a "catastrophic" effect on the
competitiveness of UK businesses globally within the next
decade and is calling for action from government, employers
and educators.

Have your say on the IT skills crisis:


Claire Savage
Editor, TrainingZONE

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Feature: Self-Service Learning
In this era of self-directed learning, Chris Robinson looks
at how software can put learners in the driving seat and
cut the administrative burden on training departments.

Lack of Time Not Cash Hinders Training
Time, not money, is holding back the skills levels of the
British workforce, according to a study by learndirect out

New Qualified Teacher Status for Learning and Skills Sector
A new qualification for those working in the learning and
skills sector is unveiled.

The Way I See It... The Notable Leader
Martin Addison looks at how leadership has evolved and
identifies a new breed of leader for our times.

Case Study: Tracking Staff Skills Electronically
How software company Touchpaper used an electronic system
to track staff skills and tailor development programmes.

Parkin Space: Intellectual Property and the Internet
Godfrey Parkin looks at how trainers can share knowledge
through the Internet using a new Creative Commons licence.

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