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Arrow extends learning options with virtual classroom

The distributor has rolled out its virtual classroom programme in the UK and across EMEA

Distribution might well be one of the main providers of vendor education and product training for resellers but that tier of the channel is under pressure to keep innovating.

With the consumption of online training having risen over recent years there have been more demands for programmes that can be accessed from anywhere at anytime.

But the need for physical training has continued and in an effort to make sure those partners following that option can also get flexibility Arrow has set up a virtual classroom scheme.

The distributor is offering its virtual classroom to people to use at the office or home or ideally through one of its own Arrow Education centres across EMEA with the UK among the countries going live with the scheme.

As a result the distie will be providing flexibility around training sites and dates, resulting cost savings because of reduced travel expenses and greater collaboration through group activities, supported by video conferencing systems and interactive smart boards.

Constant change and a growing need for on-demand enablement require innovative ways to acquire skills”, said Jacques Assant, business development services director for Arrow’s enterprise computing solutions business in EMEA.

“Arrow Virtual Classroom combines all the benefits of interactive, live training delivered by highly skilled instructors with the option to save on time and travel, and greater choice of offerings," he added.

Arrow ECS Education has 25 classrooms in the UK using authrosied trainers and has training centres in London, Stockport, Harrogate and Dublin.

The distributor pitches the need for classroom training on its website as a chance for students to get into a focused environment: "Sometimes you need a little more space, a few more resources, a calmer environment - both welcoming and relaxing - where you can escape from your day-to-day distractions. Sometimes you need to be "somewhere else" because training is "something different".

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