Microsoft Ireland Cloud Skills Course to Prepare Learners for ‘In-Demand Roles’

The Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland said cloud technology is a “growth area with an increasing number of job opportunities every year”.

Microsoft Ireland has launched a new cloud skills training program developed in collaboration with Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB).

The Microsoft Cloud Traineeship program aims to prepare participants for jobs in the cloud industry. Upon completion of the course, successful participants will receive a QQI Major Level 5 award and the latest Microsoft cloud computing certifications, including Azure. It will be fully funded for eligible participants.

Anne Sheehan, the new Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland, commented: “Cloud technology is a growing industry offering an increasing number of job opportunities every year. To unlock the full potential of this industry, it’s critical that we equip people with the cloud skills needed to meet the in-demand roles that are emerging in our economy. “

The course will combine education and practical experience to help people take on roles in an area that is currently facing a talent shortage.

Upon successful completion of the internship, the learner will have the skills to take on a cloud support role within a medium to large organization that has already made the transition to the cloud or is in the process of doing so. They will also be able to support small organizations transitioning to the cloud.

The first course started in October of this year, with classes taking place virtually and in person on occasion.

Peter Egan, director of continuing education at MSLETB, said the organization has “a long-standing partnership” with Microsoft Ireland to help people in continuing education develop digital skills to find employment.

“The launch of this new flagship Cloud Traineeship is an example of how the continuing education and technology industry can work together to develop a new, diverse pipeline of exceptional IT talent while addressing the technical skills shortage in Ireland,” said Egan .

At the launch of the course, Higher and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Minister Simon Harris, TD, added that the company has come to “know the importance of technology cloud ”thanks to the pandemic and remote work.

This is the latest course made available as part of Microsoft Ireland’s Pathways for Life education and training program. The program is designed to “encourage and empower learners at different stages of their careers” and to acquire the skills necessary to fully participate in the digital economy, according to Sheehan.

In total, Microsoft Ireland’s cloud skills training course comprises 1,200 hours of training over a 52-week period. There is a mix of guided and self-directed classroom learning and a virtual online learning platform. Participants also have the option of doing a paid internship as part of the program.

Anyone interested in building cloud skills is encouraged to apply for the next promotion. More information is available on the course website.

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