Government funding for IT training is widely available, but it doesn't get to the right people, according to Phil Forshew, ex-UK sales boss at Toshiba.
The problem is that few people know what they are entitled to, said Forshew, who has quit Toshiba to launch Information Communication Technology (ICT), an IT skills match-making service.
Together with his ex-employer, Toshiba, Forshew plans to be able to offer training and advice to PC purchasers at the time of purchase.
Government funding for IT training is a minefield of "best-kept secrets", claims Forshew. One example being the independent learning account, under which the government will contribute £150 if employed people put £25 into an account to fund their own IT training.
Another example is the European computer driving licence, a European venture run by the British Computer Society in the UK to encourage the teaching of IT literacy to a single recognisable standard worldwide. The Society is planning a big marketing drive at the end of this year to create a penetration of the driving licence beyond further education.
"Anything to do with the government has to go through the well-established routes. It's like walking through mud," Forshew said. But with the help of big backers like Toshiba, he claimed he could break down some of the bureaucracy.
Together with his former employer, Forshew plans to bundle online training together with selected computer resellers for the European Computer Driving License with Toshiba PCs.
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