EMC has launched a £250,000 training programme for ex-servicemen in a bid to close the UK’s IT skills gap.
Teaming up with military support organisation X-Forces, the storage supplier will provide seven weeks of free training to ex-servicemen. The training aims to equip them with the skills to design, sell and support enterprise IT.
The Military Leavers programme will be run with support from EMC staff and will focus on retraining ex-servicemen for a range of roles in EMC and its channel partner network.
The training will involve seven weeks of support online and in a lab, covering IT architecture and design, as well as going into detail on storage systems, data protection and more. Courses will be available online and trainees will be given access to EMC labs.
The trainees will have access to funding and guidance if they choose to start their own business.
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Skills shortage critical
Ian Heath, director of public sector, EMC UK, and former captain in the British Army, said: “The UK IT industry faces a very real and alarming shortage of trained IT professionals that threatens to impact our overall economy. By the end of this year it’s predicted that the skills shortage will reach 700,000 people across Europe.“Providing training for military leavers is one of many ways that we can address this challenge. Our military is full of highly driven and motivated people. Being able to offer them some support during their transition to civilian life is something industry needs to increasingly embrace for our mutual benefit.”
Research from EMC recently revealed less than a third of UK businesses believe they have sufficient IT.
Ren Kapur, CEO and founder of X-Forces, said: “The opportunity EMC and XF are providing is both exciting and essential.
"It is ground-breaking for two reasons. First, it bridges the gap and delivers fit-for-purpose expertise into those vital areas where skills shortages will impact corporate and national economic recovery and growth, if they are not filled.
“And second, of equal importance, it recognises the human nature of the solution, and delivers hope, opportunity and support to this cadre of highly capable people, ensuring that they can aspire to fulfilling and sustainable second careers.
"This route will really appeal to technical personnel leaving the services and from the forces’ community, and give them an excellent opportunity to add real value to the commercial sector.”