The College of Haringey, Enfield and North London (CONEL) and IT services and consultancy firm risual have teamed up to create a new academy to enhance the career prospects of a new generation of IT professionals.
The risual Academy, which will be launched on 9 November, forms part of the risual Education programme and comprises a new cutting edge Microsoft Showcase Classroom, an Apprenticeship scheme and workshops by industry experts throughout the year.
The Showcase Classroom at the Tottenham Centre is equipped with the latest Microsoft technology, including Surface Pro two-in-one laptop/tablet computers and Surface Hub digital displays to deliver hi-tech presentations to support teaching and project work.
The Apprenticeship scheme gives apprentices the chance to develop their IT skills and gain industry recognised Microsoft accredited qualifications while working for high quality employers like King’s College. The apprenticeships also develop transferable skills to improve career prospects and the opportunity continue studies to graduate level with a Degree Apprenticeship where there are no fees or loans and the degree is free
Jenn Culbert, Training Provider Manager at risual Education, said: “risual Education was formed in partnership with Microsoft to address a growing shortage of digital skills and bridge the gap from education to employment.
“We are delighted to be working with CONEL to provide students and apprentices with the skills, experience and qualifications to give them the expertise they need for long and successful careers in this exciting industry.”
The first apprenticeships arranged through the partnership have started ahead of the Academy’s official launch following huge interest in the scheme from prospective employees and employers. Further Apprenticeships will be offered to companies across London along with guidance on the Apprenticeship Levy over the coming year.
Tutors at the CONEL are being trained as Microsoft Certified Educators and undertaking industry recognised Microsoft Office Specialist qualifications, to enable them to give all students the most up-to-date digital skills required for the modern workplace.
Robin Hindley, Curriculum Director for Service and Creative Industries at CONEL, said: “CONEL and risual are committed to working with London employers to provide exciting, challenging and rewarding courses and apprenticeships. Our students can be highly skilled with a degree in IT, debt free and earning a big salary by age 25. This is exactly what young Londoner’s need to kick-start their careers.”
“This partnership will ensure the College continues to be at the forefront of computer technology, offer superb vocational training and great career prospects.”