Three IT engineers from the Port of Dover have been awarded the new Information and Communications Technology Technician qualification.
Ben Johnston, Mark Burton and Mike Demetriou are among the first seven people in the world to be awarded the ICTTECH qualification. The qualification was created by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and is regulated by the Engineering Council.
The three system engineers manage IT systems ranging from email to crucial port traffic control software. Every year, the Port of Dover handles the arrivals and departures of 20,000 ferries and 150 cruise ships. Some 2.5 million lorries and 14 million passengers use the port annually.
Daniel Gillett, head of ICT services at the port, said he hoped ICTTECH would become “the industry recognised measure of well-rounded ICT skills and experience”.
“The industry has numerous supplier-specific qualifications – which give employers a clear picture of team-members’ knowledge and ability to work with those suppliers’ products,” he added. “But what we’ve lacked before now is independent accreditation that recognises the importance of individuals’ broader professional skills – such as planning IT budgets or long-term project management.”
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