Do we need competency standards for Web 2.0?

by | Oct 31, 2007 | Articles

With the opening up of the wealth of new ideas and possibilities offered by social software, are there particular skills that users need to develop to make the most of Web 2.0?

Companies want to know that IT training and development will provide their employees with the right technology skills at the right level.  When recruiting people to work in or with IT, they want to be able to look at a CV and understand exactly what someone should be able to do.  This is where  National Standards for IT come in– the industry-wide ‘language’ for technology skills which ensures that everyone involved with IT is trained, assessed and developed against consistent measures.

These standards are being updated for 2008 and employers are being offered a unique opportunity to help ensure they meet business needs. One of the areas under development currently under the heading “Use and enable collaborative technologies” (see the prototype at http://nos.e-skills.com) aims to set out the skills and knowledge needed to make effective use of Web 2.0 technology – be it for life, work, learning or leisure. e-skills UK,  the Sector Skills Council for IT and Telecoms, needs your help to get  these standards right.

How to get involved

e-skills UK is holding a series of exclusive events for employers to listen to their views and opinions. There will be two half-day meetings at each event, one focused on the needs of IT professionals and the other on those of IT users. Eight events have been scheduled across the whole of the UK with the meetings scheduled such that attendees can take in both meetings. . 

For further information or to register for these events please contact www.e-skills.com/consultation


This article was originally created by the Work based e-learning project at e-skills UK and is reproduced with kind permission.

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