- are nationally recognised
- are based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for IT and Telecoms Professionals.
The NOS assessment requirements/strategy and qualification structure are owned by e-skills UK. The e-skills UK NOS detail the range of discrete areas of competence needed to describe the diverse job roles in the IT and Telecoms industries, and IT professional jobs in other sectors. The e-skills UK NOS also include the discrete areas of competence needed by IT users in all sectors of industry. They have been developed in consultation with employers, and are articulated and maintained by e-skills UK on behalf of industry. NOS provide a common industry-recognised reference framework that can be used for a variety of training and development purposes, for example writing and reviewing job descriptions, assessing staff or developing training programmes such as apprenticeships. NOS also underpin vocational qualifications – i.e. National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) in England and Wales and the Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in Scotland. The Pearson BTEC Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals suite of qualifications has been approved as the components required for the IT apprenticeship framework.
These qualifications are designed to prepare learners for employment in the IT and Telecoms sector and are suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a specific area of work within the IT and Telecoms industry.
To gain this qualification you simply prove you are competent in a number of different areas. You provide evidence of your competence through observation on the job, witness testimony and work product evidence among others. You build up a portfolio of evidence which is assessed by an occupationally competent assessor on our e-portfolio.