Pearson launches new training initiatives

Programmes are designed to help young people enter the IT industry

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Pearson launches new training initiatives Richard Firth, regional director, Pearson in Practice said that the company's training programmes are aiming to help more young local people enter IT and help businesses to tackle their IT talent problem.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 5, 2011

Pearson in Practice's new IT training programme is proving popular in the region, according to the company. The training programme offers young people an opportunity to gain IT skills, certification and on-the-job training.

"We're aiming to help more young local people enter IT and help businesses to tackle their IT talent problem. On the back of GITEX 2011, it is evident that the success of the UAE relies heavily on the strength of its IT workforce. Yet there is now a growing shortage of young, entry-level IT professionals who can support the UAE IT infrastructure. Like so many other regions, the UAE is increasingly relying on importing its IT professionals. This is not only costly, but as competition grows with the complexity of  IT, more entry-level talent will be required to back-fill and enable other IT professionals to also move up - but you need a fresh wave of young, qualified and work-ready talent to do so," said Richard Firth, regional director, Pearson in Practice.

Pearson in Practice's employment-focused IT training programmes are based on a model which is used in the UK. The UAE edition of the Pearson in Practice IT programmes are the first to be offered outside the UK. The training programmes run over 16 weeks with an optional 16-week Internship with an employer.

"I'm pleased to be part of this world-class programme that will empower me to fulfil my vision. I believe the IT Diploma Programme will open new doors as it is tailored to entry level candidates who want to efficiently integrate in the workplace. By completing this programme I can also pursue my further education by joining any university in the world preferably any British university in UK or UAE as the programme has equivalent qualifications," said Anmol Bassi, the first student to enrol in the IT Diploma Programme from Pearson in Practice.

Skills shortages in both the UAE and the UK are a growing problem, as unemployment levels rise, according to Pearson. In the UK a recent report highlighted the need for an extra 110,000 IT professionals entering IT each year for the next five years. The UAE is now facing a similar problem.

"This is a real opportunity for parents to set their children up for not only entry into IT but also fast-track progression. In the UK, our students are far more likely to get promotion within two years of completing our programme," said Firth.

The UAE IT sector is growing rapidly and requires employees who are multi-skilled across a variety of digital platforms, including setting up new systems or developing software or websites or training people to use IT facilities, according to Pearson.

The training programmes offered cover areas such as networking security, website production, database design and generic hands on experience in working in IT industry, as well as a range of soft skills.

The first IT class will start on Sunday, 20th November, 2011 at the Pearson in Practice Training Academy in Knowledge Village, Dubai. Limited places are still available. To apply visit www.pearsoninpractice.com/uae

 

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