Microsoft Ireland has launched its Skill Forward programme to help people develop their Cloud skills, achieve industry-recognised certifications, and boost their employability. The Skill Forward programme is comprised of eleven webinars covering Azure, Security, Azure AI, Power Platform, and Data, and runs over the months of October and November.
The certification programme is being made available to participants at no cost and will take them on a learning journey, which includes a full day of virtual training webinars, full access to the latest learning materials, and a practice exam.
Once completed, participants can schedule and take the exam via an online testing platform and receive an industry-recognised certification in Cloud skills. For those who don’t pass the exam the first time, there is the opportunity to take the exam a second time at no cost.
To ensure the webinars are appropriate to participants’ experience levels, Microsoft is making two programmes available. The first is targeted at University students and educators and provides five cloud training modules and certifications at no cost. The second is aimed at learners who are either starting out on their career in tech or are mid-career and looking to enhance or develop new skills. Specifically for this group, the no-cost training has been designed to enhance the learners’ skillsets to complement their current technical abilities.
Skill Forward is one of a number of learning pathways that Microsoft Ireland is making available through its ‘Pathways for Life’ programme, which consists of a diverse range of educational and training initiatives that have been developed for people of all ages, experiences and ambitions to help them to participate fully in the digital economy.
Speaking about the announcement today, Kevin Marshall, Head of Education, Microsoft Ireland said: “The past year has demonstrated in a very real way the power of Cloud technologies. Put simply, without the Cloud, we would not have been able to work or learn from home over the past 18 months nor would we be witnessing the pace of digital transformation that is underpinning our economic recovery.
“Cloud technologies are now critical to every industry and permeate every part of our society and as such, we know that many of the in-demand jobs in both the technology sector, but also increasingly traditional sectors require Cloud skills. Microsoft has a long history of providing education and training pathways for people of all ages and stages of their learning and career journey to help develop new skills to ensure they are prepared to compete in the jobs market – both now and into the future”.
“Through the Cloud Ready Skills initiative, we want to equip people with skills and understanding in emerging areas such as Azure, Data, Security and AI so they can adapt to new jobs in these areas or accelerate their career in the sector they’re already working in,” comments Gary McLoughlin, Microsoft’s Datacentre Community Development Lead.
“The entire initiative is being made freely available, all it takes is time and commitment. I hope people will avail of this opportunity and as they look to next year be equipped with the skills to participate fully in our digital economy.”
If you are a student or an educator interested in availing of Microsoft’s Cloud Ready Skills initiative log onto European Skill forward | Powered by Cloud Ready Skills. If you are mid-career or looking to change your career pathway log onto Datacenter – Skill forward | Powered by Cloud Ready Skills.
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