Internet held back by IT networker shortage

first_imgInternet held back by IT networker shortageOn 14 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This week’s training news in brief• Skills shortages are posing a serious threat to the expansion of theInternet, according to the Data Networking Association (DNA).Officially launched by small business and e-commerce minister PatriciaHewitt last week, the DNA said that the lack of IT networking skills isdelaying projects and pushing up costs. Research by Cisco Skills predicts that by 2002 there will be a shortage ofalmost 6 million qualified networking professionals in the UK. The DNA is agovernment-backed initiative formed by leading network providers and academiawith the DTI aimed at plugging the skills gap.www.datanetworking.co.uk £4.4m training boost for Yorkshire and Humber • The Yorkshire Forward Development Fund will plough £4.4m into boostingskills and training in the region in 2000 – more than over a third on theprevious year. The money, an increase of £1.1m in this year’s allocation, isaimed at addressing key skills shortages in deprived areas in the Yorkshire andHumber region. Application packs have been distributed to trainingorganisations in the area.Tec reveals Londoners are keen to develop skills• Over three-quarters of South West London’s workforce is consideringtraining now or in the future, according to Aztec, training and enterprisecouncil for Wandsworth, Merton and Kingston upon Thames. Only 21 per cent of 1,300 of those residents surveyed said they would notconsider training, compared with a London average of 28 per cent. Aztec chiefexecutive Ian Parkes said, “It is extremely important to attack the causesthat lead a small but significant proportion of the local population to avoiddeveloping their skills and growing their prospects in the job market.” Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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