Training specialist Ilion Faculty has called on the government to set up a taskforce to look into the ways in which the unemployed could be trained in IT skills.
Speaking to PC Week at the opening of Ilion's city facility in London, Julia Jones, director of training at Ilion Faculty, said: "I feel so strongly about this that I'd be more than happy to give up my spare time for it."
While in favour of the government's moves to increase IT skills in schools, she believes this does nothing to tackle the problem of the skills shortage in the short term.
Meanwhile, there are lots of unemployed people, many of them computer programmers whose skills have become obsolete, who could easily be retrained as certified Novell Engineers or Microsoft Systems Engineers, she pointed out.
Many of the UK's training houses, vendors and employers would be ready to assist or contribute to such a scheme, Jones claimed. "Everyone is talking about reducing the skills gap but it all needs to be brought together - only the government can do that," she added.
A think tank to look at the commercial implications and to analyse the people who would qualify would only take three months, she estimated.
Despite her enthusiasm, Jones has not been approached by any government body.
Ilion Faculty has also launched a new course, designed by Global Training Solutions, which is based on the popular US A+ certification. The course has been designed to give certification to IT help desk employees.
There is no recognised certification or training for any employee under the level of network administrator, Jones claimed. Ilion's new scheme offers employers the opportunity to have these employees professionally trained.
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