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How do IT employers view BTECs

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Juelz, May 30, 2015.

  1. Juelz

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    General question so to speak as I may go on to a BTEC Extended Dip in IT and was just wondering from an employers point of view would they value vendor certs more than a BTEC due to the BTEC being a formal school course? obviously you can't speak for every employer so I can only ask you to speak from your own experiences. I'm just asking out of curiosity your response wont affect my decision as I will be doing the course as the content looks interesting and valuable to me.
     
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  2. SimonD

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    So speaking as a hiring manager I can honestly say that my choice will be experience and vendor certs, I have to admit that I am hiring experienced engineers and as such that is why I prefer the experience \ cert direction rather than scholastic qualifications, if I were hiring for EUC or Service Desk work I can't say for sure whether I would prefer BTEC or some experience in all honesty.
     
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    One thing to add actually, don't forget that usually you have to get past HR first and foremost, they will be looking for vendor certs in the most part but the BTEC could tick their boxes as well.
     
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  4. wagnerk
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    Like SimonD, I do also sit on the interview panel and make hiring decisions for my department.

    I do value the BTEC's, as the level 2 ones incorporate some (if not all) of the A+ and the level 3 ones incorporate some (if not all) of the Network+ (*dependent on the provider of the BTEC course and modules offered/taken). Also at the place that I work, one of the generic person spec for an IT Tech is that they need to have at least a level 2 qualification in IT or related subject. And the senior IT Tech or servicedesk supervisor needs a level 3 qualification in IT or related subject.
     
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