London, 23rd June, 2015 – CompTIA, the the IT industry association and leading provider of vendor-neutral certifications for the global IT workforce, has launched Skillsboost, the world’s first vendor-neutral IT careers portal dedicated to parents, pupils and teachers.
The aim is to create a single online IT careers and training resource which will provide school and college students with a vocational route into the IT industry, and dramatically boost the number of young people training and taking apprenticeships in IT.
The website will give students, parents and teachers access to localised information on everything from IT salaries to local IT employment statistics drawn from up-to-the-minute industry market intelligence. Crucially, Skillsboost will provide data on the industry sectors with the biggest current skills gaps, enabling schools and colleges to direct teaching resources towards giving pupils the most in-demand skills, dramatically boosting their employment prospects. It will also provide links to educational resources for schools and colleges.
Schools and colleges will also be able to use free quizzes to measure students’ computing skills against industry-developed criteria. The site will also allow school pupils to trial CertMaster, which uses ‘intelligent’ e-learning technology to automatically adapt complex subjects to each student’s individual ability level, confidence and even memory capacity. What’s more, students will be able to find out how to get skills training and vocational qualifications recognised by major employers across the IT industry.
The site is soon to feature an online ‘apprenticeships section’ that will link to thousands of new apprenticeship opportunities with leading IT companies across the UK, enabling school and college pupils to find fast-track routes to IT jobs.
The aim is to help parents, teachers and pupils take advantage of an array of vocational routes into IT careers in order to address a major skills deficit across the IT industry; CompTIA’s recent global survey of the technology workforce found that 43% of UK businesses are experiencing a severe IT skills shortage, which is harming productivity and innovation.
At the recent Skills Show, Britain’s largest skills and careers event, many students and teachers reported that although there is information available it can be difficult to locate as is it is provided by multiple organisations. The Skillsboost platform aims to provide a single repository of IT careers information and advice encompassing many different employers and training providers across the IT industry.
Graham Hunter, VP Skills Certifications at CompTIA, said: “We created Skillsboost to give aspiring young IT professionals a chance to learn about the huge variety of vocational paths into an IT career and help school and college leavers work out how to best increase and prove their skills to find jobs in the industry.”
He added: “Critically, as a vendor-neutral IT careers site, this will provide neutral careers, skills and apprenticeships information that could help young people develop their skills in any technology platform and find out about the full range of employment and training opportunities across every industry sector.”
CompTIA already provides e-learning technology and industry certifications to hundreds of UK schools and colleges through its Authorised Partnership Programmes.
CompTIA has also contributed content to the Cabinet Office-backed Cyber Security Challenge UK Schools Pack, the first ever cyber security lesson plan for secondary schools, which reached over 800 schools.
Visit Skillsboost.comptia.org/en to learn more about CompTIA Skillsboost.
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