Rhondda Cynon Taf has become the first local authority to work with Microsoft to set up an IT Academy.
Studies found there will be a significant shortage of IT professionals in the next five to 10 years, due in part to a lack of skills and proficiencies. In response to the findings, the council has launched the Microsoft IT Academy Programme in the borough.
The project aims to educate and increase skills in information and digital technologies, amongst young people and students. The initiative is open to all young people and schools in the borough, whilst also including support, training and a qualification structure to all Rhondda Cynon Taf teachers.
Cllr Maureen Webber, cabinet member for council business and corporate affairs, said: “The Microsoft IT Academy Programme offers educational establishments extensive benefits and the opportunity to deliver training and qualifications to their pupils, staff and wider community. A comprehensive knowledge of IT programmes and packages is an essential part of any child’s education in the modern age.”
The academy programme is set to provide free industry standard qualifications with options to learn in school or alternatively from home, using a free eLearning package.