IT training firm Learning Tree International is offering IT staff a combined package of classroom training and technical coaching that aims to help IT professionals translate their classroom training into practical action.
"Although a skills and knowledge transfer takes place in a classroom, a gap still remains," said Richard Chappell, UK managing director at Learning Tree International. "That gap is in the technical proficiency and self-assurance which comes as a result of practice and exposure."
IT staff on the Learning Tree programme work with experienced coaches to transfer their knowledge and skills into practical applications.
The firm said that by combining skills learned in the classroom with the experience and knowledge of an expert practitioner, inexperienced IT professionals can tackle projects that would normally require more experienced personnel.
Technical coaching is designed for IT professionals faced with critical projects. It differs from consulting in that it gives staff first-hand experience by allowing them to do the work themselves, in addition to ensuring that project deadlines are met, said Learning Tree.
"This serves to reinforce the training that has already taken place, which is better for the individual's professional development and also for the organ- isation," said Chappell.