Tech Partnership Training Fund to reach 6,000 people in 18 months

Tech Partnership Training Fund aims to support 500 companies with training costs before March 2016

The Tech Partnership Training Fund will reach around 6,000 people in more than 500 companies over the next 18 months, the initiative has claimed.

Tech Partnership is a network of employers that aim to create the skills needed to grow the global digital economy. The Tech Partnership Training Fund is supported by training provider QA.

Founding members include Cisco, BT, Capgemini, Tata Consultancy Services, Telefonica/O2, Accenture, HP, IBM and National Grid. The employers were successful in securing the funding after The Tech Partnership bid for the government’s Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot fund.

In July 2014, the Tech Partnership landed an £18m investment from the government to bolster the UK’s digital skills development through new education and skills opportunities.

The fund aims to offer courses in subjects including cyber security, big data, cloud computing and e-commerce.

According to Tech Partnership, more than 1,000 individuals have already benefited from their companies being granted funding for new training opportunities and a further 5,000 will be able to take advantage of the fund before March 2016.

Employers can apply for up to 50% of the cost of training, which is up to a maximum of either £1,000 per learner for enhanced apprenticeships or £500 per learner for strategic skills short courses.

Senior security architect at AMSA InfoSec, Abdul Khot, said that as a security professional who recently set up his own company, he understands the value of demonstrating your security posture to potential customers and existing clients.

“The grant provided by the training fund enabled me to register on the IASME Assessor course and I have booked to attend the Cyber Essentials Plus course. I have already recommended the fund to friends and colleagues as my application was dealt with quickly and it has given me the opportunity to learn new skills,” said Khot.

QA's commercial director, Bill Walker, said having the right skills to embrace the latest IT trends is vital in ensuring companies are maximising the benefits and opportunities they can offer and, in the case of cyber security, protecting their most valuable assets.

“It is fantastic that the government recognises the importance of these skills and has invested such a large sum of money through the Tech Partnership to co-fund staff development in these key areas.”

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