Report of an Evaluation of Provision for the Priority Skills Area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Computing at Level 3 across the six Regional Colleges in Northern Ireland

Date published: 14 December 2010

Type: Surveys / Evaluations
Organisational phase: Further Education

This report summarises the findings of an evaluation of the provision at level 3 for the priority skill of information and communication technology (ICT) and computing in the six area-based colleges of further education . 


Information and communication technology and computing refers to the study of the ongoing development and use of computer systems, mobile devices, communication networks, data distribution systems, new and emerging technologies, and specialist software applications in all aspects of our business and personal lives . In 1999 the Northern Ireland Skills Task Force identified ICT and computing as one of the six skill areas that were of vital importance to the Northern Ireland economy . The further education provision for the priority skill area of ICT and computing at level 3 comprises of full-time and part-time professional and technical courses to primarily prepare students for employment in, and to up-skill existing employees within, the information technology (IT) and telecommunications sector of Northern Ireland’s economy.