Warburtons bakery is offering office staff a pan-European computer aptitude qualification as it expands its IT capabilities. The European "computer driving licence" was set up to raise the level of competence in IT across Europe, and improve the confidence and productivity of IT users so that employers enjoyed a better return on their investment. Ten employees at the family-run bakery in Bolton have passed the course, which was launched in September with guidance from the British Computer Society. Jonathan Warburton, chairman, said the training had a positive effect on performance. He said: "We are delighted with the success of the scheme and intend to offer the training course to all our employees who regularly use PCs." The syllabus is designed to cover the key concepts of computing and the use of common applications in the workplace. It is broken down into seven modules, each of which must be passed before the certificate is awarded. The modules are: basic concepts of IT, using the computer and managing files, word processing; spreadsheets; database; presentation and information and communication. Pete Bayley, the course's deputy director at the British Computer Society, said: "This is an excellent way for companies to gauge a level of IT expertise, heighten the confidence of its employees in PC knowledge and provide a consistency of core skills throughout." Joy Storey-Smith, a management secretary at Warburtons who took the course, said: "I feel much more computer literate now and am proud of my achievement." {{PEOPLE MOVES }}

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