Re: Just can't help myself

Subject: Re: Just can't help myself
From: "Damien Braniff" <Damien -dot- Braniff -at- asg -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 08:25:03 +0100

I don't think there's a lot more to be said that hasn't been said
already, however...
Here in the UK there isn't the same breadth of TC courses etc and many
TWers, traditionally, moved from engineering/programming etc because
they could write (some can you know!). There is therefore a large number
of TWers with no formal qualification (not a lot existed) in the field.
To try and do something about this the ISTC (UK = STC) did some work on
'vocational standards' - basically so you could show you met a minimum
standard. It could be used by experienced writers to 'show' their
expertise (along with their experience) and also (perhaps more so) to
provide an 'apprenticeship' route into the profession for newbies.

Not sure just how far it's gone but, if you're interested, details can
be found at:

Damien Braniff | Technical Writer
damienb -at- asg -dot- com
Technical Communications
Waterfront Plaza
8, Lagan Bank Road,
Belfast, N. Ireland BT1 3LR
Tel: +44 (0) 28.9072.3124
Fax: +44 (0) 28.9072.3324

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