Academic partnership will address mainframe skills gap

Courses aimed at improving IBM high-end system knowhow are being introduced to Scottish university and college IT curricula for the first time, in an attempt to address skills shortages affecting IBM Power and System Z customers.

The University of the West of Scotland has been appointed as the lead centre for the programme, working under the auspices of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). New courseware will build on an initial course for IBM System i Operators that was first offered in 2007 to 43 colleges in Scotland.

Through the Academic Initiative programme, students can connect via the IBM Student Opportunity portal to peers and professors from around the world. They can also place CVs online for clients and IBM Business Partners to review when recruiting new staff.

Professors and students can access the IBM certification website, containing information on certifications and mastery tests, on how to prepare for the tests and where to take them. The courses will also available to post graduate students and those who are already in work who wish to add to their skillsets or make a career change. 

“Our clients have told us that they need these skills to help run and build their organisations and students want IBM certification on their CVs,” says Gary Kildare, IBM VP & senior executive in Scotland. “Through the agreement, access to IBM courseware - including software, teaching material, practical lab exercises - is available free of charge to institutions through individual teacher membership.”

The Power and System Z (UNIX and Mainframe) courses are scheduled to be available in the next academic year.

More information:
www.ibm.com
www.sqa.org.uk

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