Application of IT

Application of IT

Careercred.com provides a national framework and badge system for employability skills.

Application of IT is one of the careercred and CBI (Confederation of British Industry) core skills for the workplace. This badge is about your ability to basic IT skills, including familiarity with commonly used programmes, and your awareness of the challenges and value of technology for businesses.

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To earn this badge you need to demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Competence in the use of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.
  • Ability to present a clear and concise message using a variety of media
  • Openness to new ideas and enthusiasm for exploring how I.T. can change the way we do things
  • Awareness of the business value and impact of global I.T. trends

To demonstrate these abilities you must complete the following FOUR tasks:

  1. Use common applications
  2. Explore new I.T. applications
  3. Become aware of global technology trends
  4. Assess your application of I.T. abilities

Further information and guidance concerning these tasks, including templates to complete, can be found on the badge application page and also on the Application of I.T. Skills Badge page on the careercred website.


To earn the Careercred Application of I.T. Skills Badge you must complete the FOUR missions listed below.

Information and guidance

Remember, if you are awarded this badge, the evidence you provide will be attached to the digital badge. You may want to display your badge (and the evidence you provide in this form) to employers and other interested parties. So ensure that you are happy that any evidence you provide is a genuine reflection of you, your skills and achievements.



__________________________________________ MISSION 1 - USE COMMON APPLICATIONS __________________________________________ This mission asks you to provide evidence of your ability to use common office based applications. You need to load TWO different types of documents from the three options of a word processed document, a spreadsheet or a presentation. Typically your documents will be in Microsoft Office format but you can load any document type (i.e. from other software providers such as OpenOffice) including a pdf file.

List the more advanced features that you used in this document. For example, use of page layout features, themes, design and imagery or use of references or footnotes in Word; formulas, conditional formatting, multi-worksheet referencing in excel; formatting and design, animations, video and sound in powerpoint.
Remember this must be a different type of document from the one loaded as Document 1
List the more advanced features that you used in this document. For example, use of page layout features, themes, design and imagery or use of references or footnotes in Word; formulas, conditional formatting, multi-worksheet referencing in excel; formatting and design, animations, video and sound in powerpoint.

__________________________________________ MISSION 2 - EXPLORE NEW IT APPLICATIONS __________________________________________

This can be a mobile app or a computer software. Try to discuss some sort of productivity tool as opposed to a game! If you are stuck for ideas, complete Mission 3 in the Communications badge and use your experience of creating a LinkedIn profile.
Write a brief review of the software, e.g. was it easy/hard to download & install, what are the main features, was it easy/hard to use, where there any bugs or unexpected results, did it do what it claimed to do.
What benefits did the software provide for you, e.g. does it save time, money or other resources, does it give you access to something, does it combine several other products or is it just plain fun.

__________________________________________ MISSION 3 - BE AWARE OF GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY TRENDS __________________________________________ For each of the questions below, define the term and very briefly indicate what the possible implications are for businesses. For example - What is the internet? The internet is a global network of interconnected computers that provides a platform for communication and information exchange. The internet enables businesses to communicate more quickly and at less expense and it enables them to reach much bigger audiences than was ever possible before.

__________________________________________ MISSION 4 - ASSESS YOUR APPLICATION OF IT ABILITIES __________________________________________ Rate your ability on the five point scale below on each of the FOUR Application of IT abilities. Then, justify and support your ratings by completing parts A, B, C in the textboxes below.

Part A is analytical, not descriptive. You should justify your assessment of your skills by analysing the evidence that you submitted to complete the missions. When re-considering the missions you have completed you might reconsider what went well or what went badly and seek to analyse the reasons why they went well or badly and what the consequences were for your own skills development.
In Part B you should sum up what you have learnt about yourself as a result of completing the missions and this self-assessment exercise. What did you learn about your current level of knowledge or competence? What could or should you have done differently? What stopped you from doing this?
Part C should build on Parts A and B to identify the main areas for improvement and describe specific actions designed to address these areas. Your action plan should flow naturally from the conclusions you reached in Part B. Where your conclusions identified areas for improvement, these should be addressed in the action plan. Even where the learning and development experience was positive you should identify how you can improve further. You should justify the selected actions by explaining why you plan to do them and what outcome you hope to achieve.
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