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Improve your digital skills to get a job, urges BCS

1 December 2014

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is urging people to improve their digital skills to improve their chances of employment. Research by the Tinder Foundation suggests that 72% of employers would be unlikely to offer an interview to an entry level candidate if they did not have basic computer or internet skills.


Jon Buttriss, CEO of BCS Learning & Development Ltd, part of the Institute says: “It’s vital that people searching for work are able to offer the skills that employers want. Almost every role requires people to have computer skills today; it’s a normal part of the working environment so it’s vitally important that individuals take every opportunity to learn these skills to help them more easily secure work. This becomes even more compelling when you realise that, according to research by PwC, people with good ICT skills earn between 3% and 10% more than people without such skills.”


To support those who want to learn the Institute has launched Digital Skills V2. Digital Skills (entry level 3) (QCF) (ITQ), complements employability programmes and offers individuals the opportunity to learn the basics including: use a mouse, keyboard and desktop, create and print word documents, search effectively and safely, send and receive emails, back-up data, store files and share, and understand the benefits of social networking, create, update and connect to groups and people. Individuals can work through the course at their own pace, gradually building confidence and expertise.


Digital Skills features an engaging inter-active learning system that remembers a learner’s progress, helping them advance at a comfortable pace gradually building confidence and is perfect for distance and blended learning. The qualification will be delivered across the UK by BCS accredited centres and has entry level funding from the Skills Funding Agency.


The new version of the qualification complements the Institute’s existing range of qualifications including the popular European Computer Driving Licence through which 2.5 million people in the UK have learned IT skills.


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