Cisco partnership strengthens BT's training positionBy Darren Magennis,
This month BT Training Solutions became a Cisco Authorized Learning Partner (ALP), one of a handful of tech training organisations in Ireland and the UK that is able to award skills accreditations from one of the biggest technology companies on the planet.
Our tutors have been trained and endorsed by Cisco for their experience and skill in delivering expert-level training. Now we can work with networking professionals to assess Cisco skill gaps and devise a training plan to match their learning objectives and budget requirements.
As a Cisco ALP and Exam Testing Centre, BT Training will help prepare IT professionals for career certification and progression by delivering best-in-class training. We will be working closely with our Education Service Distributor (ESD) to provide training solutions using authorised Cisco course kits and lab rentals, leading to Cisco Learning Credits (CLC) redemption.
We offer five levels of network certification: Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert and Architect, the highest level of accreditation within the Cisco Career Certification program. Learning components can be purchased in pre-prepared packages or taken individually.
We are delighted to add another strand to BT Training, which is already established as the number one tech-training provider on the island of Ireland. An extensive portfolio of instructor-led courses covers leading edge technologies, from virtualization and best-practice security to server, database, and operating system skills, encompassing big vendors like Microsoft and Oracle. A Microsoft SharePoint course is proving particularly popular at the moment.
Based in Belfast and Dublin, we can accommodate just about every type of learning requirement. Just under half of our courses are taught on the customer’s premises – a great way of skilling up employees with minimal disruption to the businesses. The rest is split between tutor-led courses on our premises and distance training.
We have state-of-the-art training sites in Dublin and Belfast that can accommodate up to 250 delegates and support a range of Learning Management System solutions to organise, distribute and track your requirements.
We can also embed training in large IT projects to drive end user buy-in, facilitating more effective change management.
There is no doubt, however, that it’s eClassrooms and virtual training that is the hot topic at the moment. We are currently redeveloping what’s known as our BT Virtual Classroom proposition and will be launching the first of a new series of courses later this month.
We will be using Cisco TelePresence conferencing kit to give our remote delegates an even more immersive experience. The beauty of the technology is that you no longer need to be in the same classroom as top tutors and subject matter experts to get the benefit of their wisdom. You can be anywhere – at work or even at home.
Driving all this activity is a fast-changing technology industry. I would say it takes around two years for demand to grow for a new technology. Right now we’re seeing a spike of interest in system management tools to support cloud strategies.
Skills shortages in the sectors are well recognized as businesses look to use the new technology but struggle to find qualified people to deliver and manage it.