E-Guides Gain Qualification to Skills and Knowledge Competence

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City & Guilds is proud to accredit the first group of E-Guides to undertake the ITQ Learning & Skills qualification, following the successful pilot of the new qualification developed in conjunction with e-skills UK and NIACE.

77% of the UK’s 27 million strong workforce use IT everyday, but for 37% there are obvious gaps in their capabilities, which have a clear impact on business.

The E-Guide qualification is for all staff, paid and unpaid, in the learning and skills sector who are involved with the delivery of learning across different subjects and areas of learning via e-learning. The qualification allows individuals to teach others and help develop e-learning.

The new ITQ qualification allows E-Guides to develop the knowledge and skills they need to implement IT training effectively within their organisations. The new qualifications gives the E-Guides the background they need to be confident in their use of ICT, enthusiastic about e-learning, willing to champion change and able to work well with colleagues.

The training will be helpful for people from a range of organistions, including staff from Learning and Skills Council (LSC)-funded learning providers in voluntary & community sector organisations, Workers' Education Association, staff in offender learning and skills, work-based learning organisations, local authorities and FE colleges.

Developed as a means to enable teachers, trainers and support staff to demonstrate their competence in the use of IT – regardless of the teaching area – the ITQ Learning & Skills qualification is designed to certificate the key skills and understanding needed to make the most of using ICT in the delivery of learning. In order to test the programme, NIACE asked a number of E-Guides to take part in a pilot and to work with Di Dawson, Terry Loane and Mary Thomas of DawsonLoane as their on-line tutors and assessors. Seven of the candidates have persevered through a number of changes, most significantly the National Occupational Standards, to achieve a recognised and accredited qualification from the leading vocational awarding organisation City & Guilds.

Ken Gaines, IT User Product Manager at City & Guilds says: “77% of the UK’s 27 million strong workforce use IT everyday, but for 37% there are obvious gaps in their capabilities, which have a clear impact on business. This translates to poor delivery of learning because of a lack of engagement with learners – whatever age.”

City & Guilds has designed a number of specific titled ITQs to meet the needs of certain markets and recognise the skills required to undertake specific occupations or tasks. This ability to work closely with a number of partners, with support from e-skills, to generate named ITQs ensures that learners can have a specific aim rather than just a generic IT qualification.

Alex Wood, from e-skills UK, says: “The need to improve competence in IT is something that e-skills UK is looking to drive across all industry sectors. The City & Guilds accredited ITQ will help achieve this, as employers and learners can see the purpose of learning IT in the context of their companies and job roles.”

Notes to editors

  •     To find out more about the ITQ Learning & Skills qualification or visit http://www.cityandguilds.com/itq
  •     To find out more about ITQ Learning & Skills please contact Diana Dawson: E:di@dawsonloane.co.uk

City & Guilds
City & Guilds is the UK’s expert and leading vocational awarding body, offering more than 700 qualifications over a whole range of industry sectors.

City & Guilds (http://www.cityandguilds.com/) is the expert and leading authority in vocational education and training – both in the UK and beyond. In operation for the last 130 years, City & Guilds is the UK’s leading awarding organisation for work-related qualifications. Twenty million people in the UK have City & Guilds qualifications, and the organisation awards a further 1.6 million qualifications to learners every year.

E Guides
The E-Guides programme supports the adult and community learning (ACL) sector in developing and increasing the use of e-learning across the curriculum. It is funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and developed by NIACE with partners from the National Learning Network partnership.

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Nick Jones, Hill and Knowlton, T: 020 7973 5961, M: 07832 115362
nick(dot)jones(at)hillandknowlton(dot)com

Mikki Choman, Hill and Knowlton, M: 07917271211
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