Bridgefoot takes SFIA helm

IET head of registration and standards Mike Bridgefoot has been appointed chair of industry body the SFIA Foundation.

SFIA - the Skills Framework for the Information Age - is the industry standard used to identify and define the skills needed to develop information systems using information and communications technology (ICT). It has been adopted in over 100 countries, and its influence expands yearly.

Bridgefoot's involvement with SFIA dates from its inception: he was part of the team that validated the first version of the framework 11 years ago, and has also been a director of the SFIA Foundation since 2006. The organisation was founded by the IET, BCS, eSkills UK, IMIS, and itSMF.

"SFIA is key to growing professionalism in the ICT sector,"Bridgefoot says. "These technologies have become critical to national economies. SFIA enables all employers of IT professionals to maintain and improve skills and competence, and therefore performance - using tools such as skills audits and targeted training - against a common reference framework."

Bridgefoot adds: "SFIA is also a developing standard, and its direction is determined very much by the changing requirements of the ICT workplace."

A Chartered Engineer and FIET, the SFIA appointment augments Bridgefoot's core role with the IET leading the department that maintains professional engineering and IT qualifications for engineers and technologists working in the range of business and industry sectors within the scope of IET.

"My key focus is to continue to grow the Institution's registration levels working in partnership with members, employers, and IET teams," he says. "The IET is the UK's prime registration body for individuals engaged in these disciplines, and my focus now fully includes ICT. The Institution has actually always had strong constituencies of membership in computing and communications technologies, as well as many others underpinning ICT. These disciplines are still developing within our professions, and registration and accreditation is massively important to ensuring that professional standards continue to improve."

The 2010 SFIA Conference takes place on 1 December at the Conference Centre of The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 1, Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET.

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