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3rd Monday Event

'Delivering Competence in IT' - BCS Learning and Development Specialist Group by Gary Thornton

Date: Monday, 15th October 2018
Time: 19:00 (tea & coffee available from 18:30)
Location: Novotel, Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4EP (map)
Price: Free! (non-members welcome)
Status: Went Ahead


The will provide an insight into the role of competency frameworks and the Digital Industries Apprenticeship Standards and will identify several questions that still need to be answered. Topics that will be introduced include:

Competency Frameworks
  • Are the existing competency frameworks delivering what employers need?
  • How to use SFIAplus to develop competence

Introduction to competency based qualifications
  • Apprenticeship Standards - how do they work?
  • How to deliver competency based learning and how to assess success

Employer engagement with the current qualifications:
  • Have employers understood what their involvement looks like and how much time it needs?
  • Have employers seen successful outcomes from competency based learning?
  • Do employers actually see any value in certificates?
  • How do employers actually value competency based apprenticeships with no qualification included?
  • Are employers asking for digital badges, or are they even aware of them?
  • What do employers think about T-levels, EPQ, PRA etc?

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About the Presenter

Gary Thornton ( started his career in High Power Electrical Engineering, and moved across into Telecommunications & IT 30 years ago. He has been involved in the development & support of some very large data networks and in the roll-out of European cellular networks.

Until 2013 he was a major shareholder in the leading independent global provider of data centre & telecommunications training where he played a central role in the development of internationally recognised qualifications such as Certified Data Centre Design Professional (CDCDP), Certified Data Centre Management Professional (CDCMP) and Certified Data Centre Energy Professional (CDCEP), as well as working with the European Commission and the US Department of Energy (DoE) on piloting new data centre energy efficiency initiatives.

He is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET). He is actively involved with techUK/MIET professionalism projects and in the committees of the BCS Learning & Development Specialist Group (L&DSG) and Data Centre Specialist Group (DCSG). He promotes BCS at conferences and on webinars.

He is currently involved in attracting young talent into the IT & communications sector and in developing learning & development programmes to meet the present & future needs of the industry.

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