The SFIA Foundation and employer body E-Skills UK have launched a joint project that they say will strengthen the UK’s role in defining standards for IT skills.
The initiative aims to provide employers, individuals, training providers, and qualification-awarding bodies with unified, comprehensive, and globally-relevant employer-defined benchmarks to describe competences across the IT profession.
The project, which is beginning immediately and runs until early 2014, will bring SFIA (Skills Framework for the Information Age) and E-Skills UK’s IT Professional Standards into closer alignment.
The SFIA Foundation maintains and licenses SFIA, which supplies a high-level framework of skills definitions that is widely used by IT and human resources professionals in the UK and internationally to define IT job roles and development needs.
E-skills UK is a member of the SFIA Foundation, along with the IET, the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), and the IT Service Management Forum (itSMF). Its IT Professional Standards set out the detail to support in-depth skills analysis, benchmarking to common standards, and the development of training to meet the needs of industry.
Andy Nelson, CIO of the Department of Work and Pensions, commented: “The fact that these tools are employer-driven is a great asset. It means that users can be sure that they reflect real-life practice and that they are regularly reviewed and updated. In a fast-moving profession like ours, this is a unique strength and should encourage wide adoption.”
The initiative will also speed up the development of new industry standards in areas such as agile development and user experience design.