The firm aims to equip teachers with the tools and qualifications to develop the next generation of digital superstars, closing the gap between ICT education and skills the industry needs.
UKFast designed the three-day Linux course, which is approved by the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), to inspire teachers and encourage exam boards to adopt the operating system as a core part of the ICT curriculum.
Aaron Saxton, director of training and education at UKFast, said: “Providing teachers with industry recognised digital skills, such as Linux, means they can pass these skills on to their pupils. It enables them to deliver innovative curriculum projects focused around the computer science agenda and the modern digital business. The benefit to young people is that they gain invaluable industry skills that businesses like UKFast look for.”
UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: “These courses are amazing for teachers and we’ve received great feedback so far. This type of training will only help to improve the outlook for the region’s digital industry. In addition, the workshops allow our partners to gain a better understanding of the platforms and services we deliver to them, which is beneficial both ways.”
UKFast is the only LPI Approved Training Provider (ATP) in the North of England and has developed a partnership with the world’s leading providers of Linux exams and training, supporting the firm’s mission to upskill the educational and local community.
Bill Quinn, who represents the LPI in the UK and Ireland and attended the event last month, said: “There is a large amount of evidence to support a critical job shortage in the IT sector, in particular for people with Linux and open source skills. At the same time, there are a number of organisations talking about the problem but not offering a solution.
“It is really positive to see a company like UKFast trying to address this problem directly, whilst at the same time sharing their knowledge to support local Academia.”
UKFast works with 45 schools in Greater Manchester, delivering masterclasses and teacher development, code clubs and immersion days to over 35,000 children. For more stories of local business success, sign up for our BQ Breakfast.
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