Thursday, 29 September 2011 18:47

Up skill with Upskilled for IT advancement



Training group, Upskilled, has launched new courses for IT professionals which it says will allow existing vendor certifications and industry experience to be turned into nationally recognised qualifications.

[loadposition peter}Upskilled director, Mark Sexty, said today to meet industry demand, the company has developed 16 new courses, built from industry specific vendor certifications.

According to Sexty, the courses and qualifications, ranging from Certificate II through to a selection of diplomas, will give its graduates world-class IT training combined with globally recognised vendor certifications.

'This will result in the opportunity to dramatically enhance their career growth and development without having to re-do areas of study that they may have covered in previous vendor training.'

Sexty claims the course will potentially saving IT workers thousands of dollars and many hours of further study time, and are an easy way for Australia's IT professionals to turn their existing vendor certifications and industry experience into 'nationally recognised, highly sought-after qualifications.'

Upskilled courses may also attract Government funding and incentives for businesses and individuals, and Sexty says that, in many circumstances, the entire cost of the training would be covered.

'This will result in the opportunity to dramatically enhance their career growth and development without having to re-do areas of study that they may have covered in previous vendor training,' Sexty added.

According to Sexty, from speaking to students, IT managers and business owners, Upskilled knew how important it is for career confidence and progression to have an 'easy pathway to attain higher academic IT qualifications.'

'By aligning our Certificate IV and Diplomas against vendor training from the likes of Microsoft, CISCO and CompTIA, our students get a huge boost allowing for large proportions of Recognition against Prior Learning (RPL) against their skills, work experience and the vendor certificates they hold. This could result in many students being eligible for well over 50% RPL against their chosen course, dramatically reducing their study time.'

And, according to one industry insider - managing director of Microsoft Australia, Pip Marlow - you only have to glance through the job ads online to see that 'formal IT qualifications are highly sought-after and respected by employers in all industries.'

'In today's ultra-competitive job market, education differentiates job seekers and makes IT professionals more valuable to their organisations,' Marlow said.

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