The Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) Foundation has launched version 4 of its skills standard SFIA, to keep relevant with current skill requirements for IT professionals.
In parallel with the SFIA upgrade, IT professional industry body British Computer Society (BCS) has overhauled SFIAplus, a framework that builds on SFIA with additional training and development detail for all 86 IT skills and 290 tasks. BCS will launch the new standard on 16 December, and it will be incorporated across BCS professional development training products, including Career Developer, Skills Manager and Job Describer.
Backed by the government, SFIA is a joint initiative of companies and professional bodies in the IT Industry, including BCS, IT sector skills council e-Skills UK, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (the IET) and the IT Service Management Forum (itSMF). SFIA defines skills for the IT professional plus the training and development required to maintain them.
Over 80 IT practitioners reviewed the SFIAplus components. The upgrade contains eight new and updated skills, including major updates in the areas of information strategy, business change and the service management skills in line with ITIL version 3.
SFIAplus also maps to other BCS qualifications such as software development credentials ISEB practitioner qualifications, and IT qualifications BCS Professional Examinations .
"This is vitally important as the industry continues to mature, particularly in the current economic climate where employing the best and implementing best practice will give you that vital competitive edge,” said Richard French, BCS head of marketing and new product development. “The review we’ve undertaken sets the skill levels for the IT industry ensuring that they remain current."