IT Diploma development

In the United Kingdom over the next few years the school leaver age will change from 16 to 18.
In addition, new courses will be offered, for example the IT Diploma.

I’ve been asked to join one of the course design teams as an advisor – a great honour for me.

To provide some context, the following is an extract from an interview that was recorded last week:

Q3. Do you consider the Specialised Diploma in IT is a good opportunity for students?

Dr Savi – Yes, if delivered with support from business, upon completion it should offer potential employers students with greater business acumen.

Q4. Do you agree that employers have a vital part to play in the development and support for the Specialised Diplomas?

Dr Savi – There are two points I’d like to make. Firstly, if we define the term development as verifying course content, then the Diploma can ‘open-up’ typical areas that I’ve found are not fully addressed on many other courses, for example: business etiquette, understanding emergent strategies and the political context of developing business solutions with many stake holders. Secondly, often the route of many publicised project failure’s has been the apparent the lack of planning skills or seriousness given to understanding initial requirements. Therefore, enriching the course to include areas such as project definition and the sign off of IT deliverables against key satisfaction criteria could really help our industry.

Q5. What is your vision for the future the workplace and the new skills that young people will need to maintain their competitiveness in a global economy?

Dr Savi – With the development of exciting new networking sites (social media – Web2.0), for example, YouTube, MySpace, Facebook and CurrentTV (viewer created content, also known as VC2), future technologies will emerge to create what is known as ‘Mash-up’ solutions (Web 3.0 !), e.g: Mobile computing will create opportunities to surf the web to shop and then automatically guide you to the nearest outlet. From a global perspective this means that although support boundaries will change there will still be a requirement for greater local infrastructure, smarter support systems and a whole new array of services. This means lots of variety for roles in the IT sector.

Many thanks for agreeing to take part in this interview.
Dr Savi – It was a pleasure. As a company ethic we strongly believe in sharing knowledge, my blog is  please pop by for a visit!


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