On-line auction site, Hoora.com went live last month offering users the unique opportunity to bid for last minute deals on top IT training courses.
According to Georgie Tanner, business development manager of Hoora.com, the service makes it easier and more economical for people to keep their skills up-to-date.
"The Hoora approach means contractors and freelancers will be able to keep up with their certification route, stay abreast of new releases and develop new skills as and when they need them," she says. "Also, because the auctions take place at the last minute, Hoora.com will enable people to book training when a gap appears in their work schedule - and save money."
All courses auctioned on the site are instructor-led and are run by certified training providers such as Aris Education, Interquad and Novell. They range in subject matter from word-processing to databases, operating systems, networking and mainframes, and are made available to bidders one week before they actually start.
So that users can ensure they select the right program for their level of skill and knowledge, Tanner says the site features detailed descriptions of each course and pre-requisite checklists. Information on certification routes is also provided.
Other features of the site include an on-line community for IT contractors which is being developed to provide industry news, financial and legal advice, and directories of agencies and job sites, and links for organising rail journeys, flights, road travel and last minute hotel accommodation.