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19/09/06
QA InterQuad voted Best Training Company
QA InterQuad has been voted Best Training Company for the fourth year in succession by the readers of Visual Systems Journal (VSJ).
News

05/09/06
Xpertise adds Sun training to its portfolio
Xpertise is to offer Sun-accredited Java training courses at its Northwest and Midlands training centres.
News

31/08/06
Combined Knowledge to host SharePoint 2007 summits
IT training and consultancy company Combined Knowledge is to run two Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 summits during October.
News

30/08/06
75% of IT workers are considering changing jobs, claims survey
According to a new survey by SWNS, a significant proportion of IT professionals are actively considering changing jobs.
Research

New projects & case studies

08/08/06
BVSC selects InfoBasis skills management system
The Birmingham Voluntary Sector Centre (BVSC) is to use technology from InfoBasis to help it assess the skills of IT professionals in the not-for-profit sector within the Midlands.

05/05/06
InfoBasis helps Hibernian identify training needs
Ireland-based composite insurer Hibernian has chosen skills management company InfoBasis to help it identify training needs within its IT department.

06/10/05
IT career development schemes praised
Scotland's West Dunbartonshire Council and consulting firm Deloitte have both won British Computer Society (BCS) Professional Development Awards.

03/10/05
MoD implements bespoke MCDST programme
The Ministry of Defence is implementing a bespoke Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) certification programme for its IT support staff.

14/03/05
Yorkshire and Humber provide first UK courses for ‘digital plumbers’
With the increase in working from home, demand for multi-skilled ‘digital plumbers’ is set to rise as homes in Britain incorporate a range of devices based on digital technologies.

08/12/04
QA awarded managed IT training service for Vodafone UK
QA has been selected to manage and deliver IT related technical training for Vodafone UK.

24/02/04
Alliance & Leicester selects QA for managed training service

QA has been awarded a three-year contract by Alliance & Leicester for the delivery and administration of technology and end-user desktop training to Alliance & Leicester employees throughout the UK.

20/02/04
Thomson NETg to bring e-learning to over 1,800 ASDA employees

Thomson NETg has announced that it is working with retail giant, ASDA, to provide e-learning from its Open Learning Solution in business and professional development and IT skills.

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IT professional training and certification news

19/09/06
QA InterQuad voted Best Training Company
QA InterQuad has been voted Best Training Company for the fourth year in succession by the readers of Visual Systems Journal (VSJ).

05/09/06
Xpertise adds Sun training to its portfolio
Xpertise is to offer Sun-accredited Java training courses at its Northwest and Midlands training centres.

31/08/06
Combined Knowledge to host SharePoint 2007 summits
IT training and consultancy company Combined Knowledge is to run two Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 summits during October.

29/08/06
Cabinet Office launches new Fast Stream programme
The Cabinet Office has launched a 'Technology in Business' Fast Stream for the Civil Service.

02/08/06
CompTIA CDIA+ exam now available in Spanish
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has announced that a Spanish-language version of its CompTIA Certified Document Imaging Architect (CDIA+) certification exam is now available world-wide.

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Research, studies and reports

30/08/06
75% of IT workers are considering changing jobs, claims survey
According to a new survey by SWNS, a significant proportion of IT professionals are actively considering changing jobs.

17/03/06
Cost savings are ITIL's biggest benefit, says survey
Achieving cost savings based on efficient service provision is the strongest reason for organisations to implement ITIL best practice, according to a survey of customers by training provider QA.

03/03/06
RFID skills shortages hamper deployment, says survey
Deployment of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology continues to be hampered by a shortage of individuals skilled in the technology, according to a new survey by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

08/02/06
IT workers get little career guidance or support from employers, says survey
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Information technology workers are getting little guidance or support from their employers when it comes to career training and education, according to the findings of a survey released by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

03/01/06
NCC publishes employment trends report
IT staff turnover, recruitment and retention problems and skills shortages have all increased over the past year according to respondents to this year's National Computing Centre (NCC) Benchmark of Salaries and Employment Trends.

More research, studies and reports

Articles

Q&A: Microsoft's new generation of certification programmes
Lutz Ziob, general manager for Microsoft Learning, discusses how the evolution of Microsoft's certifications and learning tools aims to meet the demands of today's IT departments.

Q&A: The Microsoft Certified Architect programme
Three of the board members who helped craft the Microsoft Certified Architect credential answer questions about the new certification programme.

Is the UK facing another IT skills shortage?
The problem of IT skills shortages appears to be a continuing theme year after year, and it doesn’t look like 2005 is going to be very different as the demand for IT skills both among employees and IT professionals increases. Tracy Lowles from Thomson NETg looks at the current state of the IT market and the need for fast, effective training for IT technical staff and end-users.

Microsoft incorporates performance-based testing into the Microsoft Certified Professional programme
The Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) program is one of the most successful certification programs in the industry with over 1.7 million individuals accredited all over the world. During 2005, Microsoft will be incorporating performance-based testing into a range of MCP exams. In this Q&A interview, representatives from Microsoft, Thomson Prometric Pearson VUE answer key questions about the new testing methodology.

How to maximise your investment in IT training
Michael Graham, managing director at Pitman Training looks at strategies to help organisations solve their IT skills gap by training existing staff.

IT skills drain can be stemmed with project-based approach to mentoring & development
In the face of escalating offshore outsourcing by Western countries, Peter O’Connell Chief Executive Officer of IBM-Rational partner Cogenture, makes the case for a new approach to domestic IT skills development.

Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician
The new Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) certification is designed for help-desk professionals supporting Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. In this article, Dan Truax, Director of Business and Product Strategy at Microsoft, answers key questions about the new certification.

IT certification training: which type is best for you?
The wealth of training choices available for IT certification is overwhelming. But how do you know which resource is best for your needs? Doug Upchurch explores the options. (Training Insights, 2003)

Education and training for the information technology workforce (.pdf 1.99mb)
This report explores the education and training landscape for policymakers in government, education, and business. Designed also to help make choices clearer for IT workers seeking skills and managing their careers, and for employers seeking training for their workforce. (US Department of Commerce, 2003)

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