E-skills calls the model a ‘top layer’ view of capabilities that links through to skills and development structures including the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) and the British Computer Society’s Chartered Professional programme. It will also provide the framework for the creation of new development programmes and form the basis for qualifications reform and simplification, e-skills predicts.
Based on extensive consultation with employers of IT professionals in all areas of the economy, the model also includes transferable skills, such as business and personal skills, which apply to all disciplines. It is being adopted by employers and by the Professionalism in IT (ProfIT) Alliance as the basis for IT professional standards and development programmes.
Parity MD, Rick Firth, continued, “Recognition of the increasingly important business and personal skills to IT professionals will provide more confidence in accepting the benefits of an ‘off the shelf’ solution, but with the standardisation to be able to align it specifically to tangible business requirements and scenarios. Increasingly we are finding that employers want staff skilled in business and other competencies that facilitate team working, such as communications and other interpersonal skills so this new model is a much welcome support tool for recruitment, performance management and IT Training.”