CompTIA launches IT careers portal

Skillsboost portal intended to help students to kickstart careers in IT

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CompTIA launches IT careers portal Plunkett: The CompTIA Skillsboost portal is intended to help young people to get more information and guidance on careers in the IT industry.
By  Mark Sutton Published  August 12, 2015

IT industry association CompTIA has launched a new IT careers portal which is intended to help parents, pupils and teachers to see how students can launch careers in the ICT sector.

Skillsboost is the world's first vendor-neutral IT careers portal, which highlights the array of vocational routes into IT careers. The aim of the portal is to help more young people to join the sector, and to align teaching resources to help address the global skills deficit in the IT industry.

Mark Plunkett, regional director, EME Emerging Markets at CompTIA, said: "Now with the launch of this website, students, parents and teachers access to information on everything from IT salaries to IT employment statistics drawn from up-to-the-minute industry market intelligence. Crucially, Skillsboost will provide data on the industry sectors with the biggest current skills gaps, enabling schools and colleges to direct teaching resources towards giving pupils the most in-demand skills, dramatically boosting their employment prospects."

Schools and colleges will also be able to use free quizzes to measure students' computing skills against industry-developed criteria. The site will also allow school pupils to trial CertMaster, which uses ‘intelligent' e-learning technology to automatically adapt complex subjects to each student's individual ability level, confidence and even memory capacity. What's more, students will be able to find out how to get skills training and vocational qualifications recognised by major employers across the IT industry.

CompTIA already provides e-learning technology and industry certifications to schools across the Middle East and colleges through its Authorised Partnership Programmes.

The Skillsboost platform aims to provide a single repository of IT careers information and advice encompassing many different employers and training providers across the IT industry.

Plunkett continued: "We created Skillsboost to give aspiring young IT professionals a chance to learn about the huge variety of vocational paths into an IT career and help school and college leavers work out how to best increase and prove their skills to find jobs in the industry."

"Critically, as a vendor-neutral IT careers site, this will provide neutral careers, skills and apprenticeships information that could help young people develop their skills in any technology platform and find out about the full range of employment and training opportunities across every industry sector," he added.

Visit Skillsboost.comptia.org to learn more about CompTIA Skillsboost.

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