Business & IT
In today’s competitive economic environment, whether you plan to work in business or run your own, business and IT skills and knowledge are more important now than ever before. This is why we offer a range of courses to help you prepare for the world of work, develop your existing career, or gain skills whilst working as an apprentice.
Studying business and IT will give you the skills and knowledge to help move up the career ladder. You will gain practical skills and learn how to apply them.
In 2012 the new dedicated Business Centre was opened at Weymouth College. The Business Centre has been designed with influences from the modern office environment, and offers a professional base for our business courses.
Weymouth College’s lecturers all come from a professional business background, with specialisms including marketing, accountancy, HR and IT. They have excellent links with the business world, ensuring that students are able to gain up-to-date insight into the modern business environment.
Your Career Prospects – Business
Everything in life involves business and business is a major part of everyone’s life. If you have an ambition to move up the ladder in a company, become an entrepreneur or start your own business then a grounding in business is a must. Business generally covers the areas of marketing, finance, IT, operations, human resources and administration.
An October 2011 BIS report on businesses within the UK found that:
- There were an estimated 4.5 million private sector businesses in the UK at the start of 2011, representing an increase of 94,000 (2.1%) since the start of 2010;
- Almost two thirds (62.4%) of private sector businesses were sole proprietorships; SMEs accounted for 58.8% of private sector employment, and 48.8% of private sector turnover;
- There were 427,000 private enterprises in the South West of the UK.
Your Career Prospects – IT
Across England, the IT industry will grow at 2.54%, more than five times faster than the average employment growth in England. Of the overall recruitment into IT and Telecoms professional jobs (to cover both growth and replacement demands):
- 65% are into managerial and senior professional positions
- 19% are into associate professional and technician level positions (such as IT Operations technicians and User Support)
- 17% are into skilled trades (Telecoms and Computer Engineers) and administrative roles (e.g. Database Assistants).
While technical skills are needed for many roles, employers also want team-players, problem-solvers and good communicators. All IT jobs involve some level of technical content, from the technical skills of a software developer to project management roles where communicating with, and organising the people who do hold such technical knowledge, may be more important than actually having the technical skills. Business and interpersonal skills are becoming more important. Source: Directgov National Careers Service website (Oct 2012)