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IET is first institution to award new ICT qualification

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has become the first professional institution licensed to award the new ICTTech qualification. ICTTech has been launched following industry demands for a competence-based professional qualification for the vast array of IT and communications technicians who support and maintain the systems on which nearly every business and organisation in the UK depends. It will help employers to identify ICT practitioners who hold the soft skills they need while also recognising the underpinning technical experience.  It will strengthen professionalism and ethical practice in an important sector of employment. Michelle Richmond, IET Director of Membership and Professional Development, said, “We are delighted to be licensed to award ICTTech, the first new registration category on the Engineering Council Register for nearly 35 years. This new standard enables those working in ICT to work towards a recognised qualification, greatly strengthening professionalism within the sector. “As a world-leading institution representing 150,000 engineers, the IET believes in continuous professional development as the crux of a progressive workforce and, therefore, a healthy economy.” Kel Fidler, Chairman of the Engineering Council UK (ECUK), who has licensed IET to award the ICTTech qualification, said, “The ICTTech standard allows practitioners to work towards a recognised qualification, marked by post nominals. It is designed to cover a range of jobs which involve facilitating or supporting the use of ICT equipment and applications by others. ICT Technicians work in areas such as ICT hardware, software or system installation, operation, maintenance, change/problem management, administration, security, fault diagnosis and fixing.” Wing Commander Stew Edmondson is the Commanding Officer of Number 1 Radio School, which trains all of the Royal Air Force’s ICT specialists.  He said, “The RAF is reliant upon a huge range of complex communications, information networks, sensors and detection systems in order to undertake effective air operations on a global scale. “There are approximately 3,000 technician level ICT specialists in the RAF. They are employed in a really broad spectrum of roles both in the UK and around the globe and their career structure and training has recently been refined. A major theme of this work has been to promote the professionalism of ICT technicians. “The registered ICT Technician award provides a much needed opportunity for corporals and sergeants to recognise their proven experience and competency.” For more information on ICTTech visit:www.theiet.org/icttechwww.icttech.org.uk/

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