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MCSA: SQL Server 2016 Database Development

Demonstrate Your Skills as a Database Professional with Both Onsite and Cloud-Based Databases with our MCSA: SQL Server Database Developer Boot Camp.

What is MCSA: SQL Server 2016 Database Development?

MCSA: SQL Server 2016 Database Development is an associate level certification within Microsoft’s Official Curriculum (MOC). The focus of this certification is to validate your expertise in building and implementing databases across multiple organizations. The certification itself is made up of two exams: 70-761: Querying with Transact-SQL and 70-762: Developing SQL Databases, typically this certification is geared towards professionals (database administrators, system engineers, and developers) who have two or more years of writing queries experience. Even though this certification is retiring at the end of the year it will remain active and recognized in the technology community for an additional two years. This certification will always remain relevant and highly respected as companies continually rely on server technologies.

Database Developer

What Can I Do With This Certification?

Database development is an imperative skill necessary to multi-scale businesses. The focus of MCSA: SQL Server 2016 Database Development is to allow professionals to query data across multiple platforms while utilizing Transact-SQL and develop SQL databases. Within the last thirty plus years database platforms have come and gone. However, database technology is a vital element in computing tasks and applications and has only become more of a necessity for businesses especially with the introduction of the Cloud. According to recent research the median salary for a Database Developer is $93,750, with a higher than average job growth rate of 10%. Even with the introduction of Windows Server 2019, there has been a 28% increase in businesses utilizing Windows Server 2016. The need for businesses to facilitate their data in an optimally efficient way is more and more imperative as companies become more dependent on onsite and cloud-based databases. If you are just introducing yourself to Windows Server and prefer the fastest way to certification, start with the MCSA.

How Can I Get Certified?

There is no question that earning the MCSA: SQL Server 2016 Database Development certification will provide you with the credibility and the experience necessary to secure your position or garner a higher salary. With the growing demand for this role traditional methods of education (colleges/universities) cannot keep up in supplying qualified candidates. Whereas TechSherpas365 offers multiple teaching methods for this certification the most effectual method is to enroll in the boot camp. By offering technology-focused, short termed accelerated learning programs this method has proven its efficiency in providing the necessary skills and requirements to obtaining certification. If you are interested in learning more contact us here.

 

The New CompTIA A+: ALL Your Questions Answered

comptia a+CompTIA A+ first launched in 1993, and since 2001 has been refreshed every three years to ensure the topics covered keep pace with what’s happening in IT. Employers, subject-matter experts and IT pros working in the field guide us in what they look for in help desk technicians, technical support specialists and other jobs related to CompTIA A+ to make sure we’re covering the skills that are needed in today’s world. With the launch of the new CompTIA A+ came many questions, so we’ve set out to answer them here. Keep reading to learn more about the CompTIA A+ Core Series (220-1001 and 220-1002), and post any additional questions in the comments to keep the conversation going.

What’s on the new CompTIA A+ exams?

The CompTIA A+ Core Series (220-1001 and 220-1002) provides a foundation for a number of different IT jobs and helps entry-level IT pros prepare for the jobs of the future.

In addition to topics you might traditionally associate with tech support, the new CompTIA A+ has an increased emphasis on cybersecurity, including malware, as well as cloud technologies, virtualization, the internet of things (IoT), network protocols and troubleshooting.

It also covers the basics of scripting so that help desk technicians and technical support specialists understand what they’re looking at when they encounter code.

CompTIA A+ continues to emphasize problem solving within a technology context. Employers want IT pros who can think critically and approach problems systematically to find a solution. Having CompTIA A+ shows employers that you have the hands-on skills and proof of your ability to solve technology problems.

How can I train for CompTIA A+?

Start by downloading the exam objectives and practice tests to understand what topics are covered and get examples of questions that you might see.

TechSherpas 365 offers a full suite of training solutions for both self-study and instructor-led learning:

  • eLearning: CompTIA CertMaster Learn offers 40+ hours of engaging content with 10 lessons, including interactive performance-based questions. The platform includes narrative instruction, visual aids, videos, games, flashcards and more. A personalized dashboard and countdown calendar help you track your progress and keep you on pace for your scheduled exam.
  • Hands-On Skills Practice: CompTIA Labs are browser-based virtual labs based on scenarios found in the workplace, including configuring operating systems, troubleshooting networks and managing users, workstations and shared resources. The labs within each course are independent of each other and can be used in any order.
  • Exam Prep and Practice Tests: CompTIA CertMaster Practice is an adaptive knowledge assessment tool that determines what you have already mastered and what you still need to learn to improve your confidence before taking the exam. The system tailors feedback to help you build knowledge in your weaker areas, keeping you engaged and focused throughout your study session.
  • Books: The Official Study Guides for CompTIA A+, offered in both print and digital form, help you learn and master the material covered by CompTIA A+. It’s flexible so you can learn at your own pace and focus on exam success.
  • Courses: If you prefer to learn with guidance from an instructor, TechSherpas 365 offers a variety of online training and in-person courses.

Top 5 Advantages of Instructor-Led Virtual Live Training

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Let’s face it- We’re living in a virtual world, now, more than ever before. Social distancing is the new norm, and everything from gym classes to conferences to happy hour with friends is being taken online. Current climate aside, Instructor-Led Virtual Live Training (VLT) has been around for decades, and in recent years it has surpassed other delivery methods to become the leading learning option for IT professionals. Major technological advancements in the past 5 years, including widespread adoption of the Cloud, as well as changes to how people work and live, have contributed to the rising popularity of VLT.

There are a multitude of reasons an increasing number of IT pros are choosing VLT as their preferred learning method. Since 1995, TechSherpas 365 has provided virtual training to thousands of students. We’ve surveyed our students and instructors and compiled a list of the Top 5 Advantages of Virtual Live Training:

1) Best of All Worlds

  • VLT enables you to experience the benefits of both traditional classroom and on-demand training rolled into one:
    • Access to same courseware materials, hands-on labs, test prep as a traditional in-classroom course.
    • Training is still live, instructor-led and interactive, just like in-classroom training, you just can’t high 5 the instructor at the end of the day.
    • In addition to benefiting from live training, the sessions are recorded so you have the added bonus of being able to revisit specific modules, days, or even the whole class at a later time if needed.
    • Earning your certification? Even your official exam can be virtually proctored – No need to go to a physical test center.

2) Convenience & Ease of Attendance

  • Attend from the comfort and convenience of your home, office, or location of your choice. No need for costly travel or time-consuming commutes.
  • In addition to saving time on travel, you can opt to attend a class in a different time zone. This can add flexibility to your schedule, by allowing you to start training earlier or later in the day, giving you hours before or after training to attend to other work or personal tasks and priorities.
  • VLT enables students with physical handicaps and social anxiety to receive the training and certifications they need, while removing common obstacles to attending a live, instructor-led course.

3) Seamless Technology

  • Our Virtual Live Training technology platform is so easy and seamless. The only requirements on your end are a pc/laptop and a good internet connection.
  • All materials and labs are in the cloud; no need to install any special software or programs.

4) Enhanced Features

  • VLT offers many enhanced and added features that you don’t get from traditional in-classroom or on-demand courses, such as:
    1. Live chat – Chat one-on-one with the instructor and/or other students, as well as participate in group chat. Have a question, but don’t want to disrupt the lecture? You can ‘raise your hand’ in the chat, or simply type out your question in the chat so the instructor can address it at the next stopping point.
    2. Document sharing – Download and upload files and documents. Take advantage of collaborative documents to share class notes, etc.
    3. Class recording – the sessions are recorded so you have the added bonus of being able to revisit specific modules, days, or even the whole class at a later time if needed.
    4. Screen sharing – Share your screen with the rest of the class or with just the instructor, if you’d like. Need help with a lab? You can also give the instructor permission to take over control for assistance.
    5. Audio and Video – Just like a traditional in-classroom course, VLT offers video and audio options so you can see, hear, and interact with other students and the instructor. Bad hair day, attending training in your pajamas, like listening to rock n’ roll while you’re learning? You also have the ability to turn your video off/mute your audio- which can be a handy option you can’t get from an in-classroom course.

5) Social Engagement

  • VLT enables you to engage and interact with your peers both during and after class hours.
  • Learn through other student’s background and experiences by participating in class discussions and group activities.
  • Choose to participate in after-hours study sessions, meet ups and group chats.
  • Stay connected after training ends through our social channel.
  • VLT removes geographical and cultural barriers, empowering students to connect with peers with similar roles and interests they would have never had the opportunity to meet through traditional in-classroom training.

TechSherpas 365 offers 100s of IT courses in today’s most popular software and technologies such as Amazon Web Services, Cisco, CompTIA, Google, Microsoft, VMware and more. All of our instructor-led dates offer the VLT attendance option. Don’t allow the current climate of ‘social distancing’ to prevent you from upgrading your tech skills, experience and certification… Join thousands of other IT professionals and register for your next training course via Instructor-Led Virtual Live Training (VLT)… Get Trained, Get Certified, Get Going!

Use Your Software Assurance Training Vouchers Before They Expire, Forever

Don’t Let Your Software Assurance Training Vouchers (SATVs) Go Unused

Has your organization purchased a Microsoft Software Volume Licensing agreement? If so, you may be eligible to redeem Microsoft Software Assurance Training Vouchers (SATVs) and get free training for select Microsoft courses. 

Remember: SATVs can only be redeemed for Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) with an authorized Microsoft Partner like TechSherpas 365. If your organization doesn’t redeem its SATVs, you could be leaving free training dollars on the table!

Microsoft has announced plans to change, and eventually retire, Software Assurance Training Voucher (SATV) benefits. More information, including the expiration timetable, can be found in our blog article “Microsoft Software Assurance Training Voucher (SATV) – Update“.

 

How Do I Know if My Company Has Microsoft SATVs?

  • Locate your Microsoft Licensing Agreement (Your IT Director or Purchasing department usually has the Licensing Agreement.)
  • Identify the Benefits Administrator (BA) named in the Licensing Agreement (The BA is the individual in your company that has the right to access SATV information.)
  • Log into com/Licensing/ServiceCenterto access your company’s SATV information, such as # of available SATVs, Expiration Date, # of Used SATVs, # of remaining SATVs

How Does My Company Redeem SATVs?

  • Identify the employee that will utilize the SATVs and the number of training days included in the desired class
  • Activate the SATVs by assigning the appropriate number of SATVs (one for each day of training) to the student
  • Submit the student’s name and email address, along with the number of vouchers required, on the SATV website
  • The student will receive an automated email from Microsoft containing an 8-digit code

How Does My Company Use SATVs to Purchase Training?

  • Contact TechSherpas 365, an authorized Microsoft Learning Partner, and register for an SATV authorized Microsoft course
  • Forward the email with the 8-digit code to your Account Representative at TechSherpas 365
  • TechSherpas 365 will then redeem the SATV with Microsoft

What Kind of Training Can Be Redeemed with SATVs?

  • Courses can be delivered online, in the classroom, on-demand, and even on site
  • Choose from technical training in Azure, SQL Server, SharePoint, Windows 10, Windows Server, and more

Do SATVs Expire?

  • Yes, SATVs expire 180 days after they are created
  • Training Vouchers must be requested before your Software Assurance expires and used within 180 days of being requested

 

Redeem your SATVs today, and maximize the ROI on your Microsoft technologies investment.

The Phasing out of Microsoft SATV Benefits

Microsoft Software Assurance Training Voucher (SATV) – Update

Microsoft is updating Software Assurance benefits beginning in February 2020 to ensure Software Assurance stays relevant and useful to customers. With this change in direction, some Software Assurance benefits will be retired or changed to eliminate redundancies and better align Software Assurance benefits across Microsoft’s products and services portfolio. The changes made also simplify benefit redemptions and replace outdated implementation mechanisms. While each customer experience is unique, all customers can benefit from the ability to optimize their business performance through Software Assurance.

Microsoft is investing in new ways to help organizations deploy, train, and get support for the products and services they buy. Because those new ways overlap with some dated and underused Software Assurance benefits, and the redemption process for some benefits are cumbersome and outdated, Microsoft is retiring those overlapping and outdated benefits.

When are the SATV Changes Taking Place?

The changes will start in February 2020 and will gradually be implemented by January 1, 2022.

February 1, 2020:

  • Training vouchers can no longer be converted to planning services days.
  • Azure courses will be removed from training voucher redemption. Courses must be complete by this date in order to utilize SATVs.

February 1, 2021:

  • Retire accrual of new training vouchers.
  • New contracts after this date won’t have any training vouchers assigned and existing contracts won’t receive any additional training vouchers.

January 1, 2022:

  • Last day to redeem training vouchers for existing contracts.

Will the Changes Apply to All Active Software Assurance Contracts as of February 2020?

Beginning February 1, 2020, the changes apply to all contracts regardless of status—midterm, new, and renewal. There is still time to use the benefits already accrued, customers will still accrue deployment planning days, training days, and support incidents until February 2021. Deployment planning days and training vouchers can be used until January 2022.

How Long Do Customers Have to Use Their Existing Vouchers?

Customers can continue to redeem any accrued training days as vouchers until January 1, 2022. Azure content will be removed from the voucher course list beginning February 1, 2020.

Where Do Customers Go for Help with Their Training Benefit?

Azure Customers: Contact us today to assist with redeeming your existing Azure training vouchers before they are no longer available for redemption in February 2020. If your business or organization has identified an Azure project that is soon to kick off, please contact us today to talk about our Azure training solutions.

Non-Azure Microsoft Customers: Training vouchers will expire in January 2022, but don’t wait to schedule training. Contact us today to discuss a plan to redeem your vouchers before they expire.

Build a Career Around Your Microsoft Skills – Microsoft 365 and Office 365 (Part 2)

In our recent post we have already discussed two areas of Microsoft skills that are sometimes confused with each other: Microsoft 365 and (Microsoft) Office 365. If you want to build your career as an IT professional around Microsoft products, you are probably already familiar with the differences and similarities in that respect. Today, let us have a closer look at career options and further educational possibilities depending on your current level of expertise.

 

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The job market for Microsoft skills (Microsoft 365/Office 365)

When you research the job market for positions that involve Microsoft 365 skills, these are the type of job offers you might find (depending on your skill level and location):

  • Microsoft 365 Administrator
  • Microsoft 365 Developer
  • Microsoft 365 Architect
  • IT Support Specialist Level 2 – Microsoft Cloud (Office 365/Azure)
  • IT Support Technician
  • Windows Systems Admin – Microsoft Cloud
  • Cloud Technical Expert

Since Office 365 is used in all kinds of job descriptions, there is an even broader range of options, some of them naturally being in similar areas as the above.

  • IT End User Support Specialist
  • Office 365 – Exchange Online-Consultant
  • Office 365/ Exchange engineer
  • Technology Support Specialist
  • Junior Desktop Support
  • Office 365 Delivery Engineer
  • Associate UC Support Engineer
  • Office 365 SharePoint Onboarding Engineer
  • Technical Engineer / Help Desk
  • SharePoint Developer (Office 365)

 

The T-shaped Microsoft expert

We have already addressed the generalist and specialist approach with regards to Microsoft skills. While there can be advantages as well as disadvantages associated with either option, there is also a third: Professionals with this combination of skills are often referred to as “generalizing specialist” or “T-shaped“.

This means that this person is an expert/specialist in a single field (the vertical part of the “T”). The difference to a “regular” specialist is that this one also possesses the ability and sufficient knowledge to collaborate with other experts in other disciplines (the horizontal part of the “T”). In the context of recruiting, this is considered a very desirable trait in a potential future employee. Within the area of IT, the term “T-shaped” is also common for cross-skilled team members in the context of agile software development.

Back to the subject of Microsoft, this could mean that your expertise (vertical) falls under the Microsoft-related skills (Microsoft 365/Office 365), but that you are capable of collaborating with other IT professionals in different/related fields.

 

Develop your Microsoft expertise with TechSherpas 365 learning solutions

Whether you want to further your expertise in Microsoft 365 and/or Office 365 or just starting in the field, we at TechSherpas 365 are your competent partner with our Microsoft training courses and certification programs.

If you already do consider yourself a Microsoft 365/Office 365 expert but want to improve on the horizontal part of your T-shape, take a look at our course catalog to find the right learning solution for you.

 

 

Sources and further reading:

https://www.hrzone.com/hr-glossary/what-are-t-shaped-skills
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-shaped_skills
https://www.indeed.com

The New Microsoft Certifications for Azure – An Overview

The new Microsoft Certifications

The new Microsoft Certifications are now more role-based. We are sure that you have probably already heard of this since it is likely you keep up with world of Microsoft. Today we would like to give you an overview of what that means in connection with the Microsoft Azure cloud certifications, and which exams you are going to have to take in order to earn this certification.

 

New Microsoft Certifications: What’s new for Azure?

In general, there are three levels of Microsoft certifications:

  1. Fundamentals
  2. Associate
  3. Expert

There are now several role-based Azure certifications corresponding with these three levels:

Fundamentals-Level

  • Azure Fundamentals – Exam: AZ-900 (Microsoft Azure Fundamentals)

Associate-Level

  •  Azure Security Engineer Associate – Exam: AZ-500 (Microsoft Azure Security Technologies)
  •  Azure Administrator Associate – Exam: AZ-103 (Microsoft Azure Administrator), alternatively Transitions-Exam AZ-102 (Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition)
  •  Azure AI Engineer Associate – Exam: AI-100 (Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution)
  •  Azure Data Engineer Associate – Exams: DP-200 (Implementing an Azure Data Solution) and DP-201 (Designing an Azure Data Solution)
  •  Azure Data Scientist Associate – Exam: DP-100 (Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure)
  •  Azure Developer Associate – Exam: AZ-203 (Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure)

Expert-Level

  •  Azure DevOps Engineer Expert – Exam: AZ-400 (Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions)
  •  Azure Solutions Architect Expert – Exam: AZ-300 (Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies) and AZ-301 (Microsoft Azure Architect Design), alternatively Transitions-Exam AZ-302 (Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Transition)

 

Build your Microsoft Azure expertise with TechSherpas 365

There are many good reasons for choosing TechSherpas 365 as your competent partner to build your Microsoft Azure expertise. We are a “Microsoft Gold Partner” for offering learning solutions with the highest level of expertise and competence regarding Microsoft technologies.

We offer a wide range of Microsoft Azure related training courses across all three levels from Fundamentals to Expert. Whether you are just starting out or want to take your Azure skills and IT career to the next level: We have the right learning solutions for you!

One of the benefits of our learning methods is that many of our courses can be taken in the form of a boot camp, which allows you to achieve your certification goal within just a few days. You also usually have a choice between our In-Classroom Learning (ICL) and Virtual Live Training (VLT), depending on whether you prefer the classroom experience or learning from the comfort of your own home/office.

Simply contact us for more information!

 

See also:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/certification-overview.aspx

https://query.prod.cms.rt.microsoft.com/cms/api/am/binary/RWtQJJ (Download)

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/browse-all-certifications.aspx

https://www.nigelfrank.com/blog/microsoft-certifications-a-comprehensive-guide/

What is the Microsoft Azure Active Directory?

The Microsoft Azure Active Directory (in short: “Azure AD”) is a cloud-based service by Microsoft. It is used for the management of identities and respective access rights. These access rights can apply to:

  • a corporate network/intranet and proprietary applications that are cloud-based
  • external services/applications by Microsoft like the Azure portal as such and Microsoft Office 365. Azure AD is also used in connection with third party SaaS (Software as a service) applications.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory

Who uses the Microsoft Azure Active Directory?

 

Azure AD users are therefore typically IT administrators, App/software developers, as well as, subscribers to the already mentioned Microsoft Products or third party Saas offers.

 

Which kind of licenses are available?

 

Currently, there are five different licenses available for the Microsoft Azure Active Directory/Azure AD. They offer several access levels to Azure Active Directory features:

  1. Free
  2. Basic
  3. Premium P1 (includes the features included in “Free” and “Basis” plus additional features like advanced administration and more). Microsoft also offers a free 30-day Azure Active Directory Premium trial to get you started and to “try out” the additional features that go beyond the “Free” and “Basic” options.
  4. Premium P2 (all the features of Free, Basis and Premium 1, plus Azure AD Identity Protection and Privileged Identity Management )
  5. Feature licenses on a “Pay as you go” basis.

 

How can I learn more about working with the Microsoft Azure and the Microsoft Azure Active Directory?

 

TechSherpas offers several training courses relating to Microsoft Azure and the Microsoft Azure Active Directory. Among these are, for example:

 

  • 10993: Integrating on-premises Identity Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure – for IT professionals with already existing knowledge/experience with Microsoft Azure
  • 10992: Integrating On-Premises Core Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure – for professionals in the areas of IT and DevOps (development operations) with a good knowledge of on-premises technologies and at least basic knowledge in the area of cloud technologies
  • 10979: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals On-Demand – for IT professionals (e.g. administrators, developers) with limited knowledge regarding cloud technologies. If you are interested in a more advanced course that requires a better knowledge of Azure and cloud technologies, you might want to consider taking this one first.

 

These are just a few selected courses from our course catalog. Do you have any questions about our courses or about which course might be the best for your skill level? Just contact us, we will be happy to help.

 

Sources:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/active-

 

Land Your Dream Job in IT: Certification vs. Work Experience

You have set your sight on a career in Information Technology (IT), and now you want to land your dream job. As with most dream jobs, you are going to have to meet certain minimum requirements to help you succeed in your search for a position.

Many jobs require a specific college education. While there are various college programs that offer IT-related degrees, a degree is not necessarily a requirement. What actually is a requirement is:

  • an IT certificationland your dream job
  • work experience

or

  • IT certification together with work experience

A certification or work experience: What is more important to land your dream job in IT?

One possible answer regarding what is more important could be to check the IT job offers in the various internet job portals. They will help to give you a general overview about what potential employers expect from their IT staff.

It makes sense to assume that hands-on work experience in IT gets more important with an increasing seniority of the offered position. In contrast, it is rather unlikely that a lot of such work experience is expected or even required, when an employer need to fill an entry-level position.

If you are aiming for an entry-level position and do not have any or only little related work experience to offer, then a qualifying IT certification becomes of major importance. On the other hand, for senior positions keep in mind: the more skill, responsibility and complexity a position in IT involves, the more employers will look at the qualification (i.e. up-to-date and relevant certifications) of their potential candidates.

In other words, work experience and certification can both add significant value to your application and CV.

Benefits of certification and work experience

If you are in the lucky situation and able to add a current IT certification as well as related work-experience to your qualifications – congratulations! That should get you quite a head-start above other applicants that want to land a dream job as well.

If that is not the case, an IT certification can be obtained much quicker than work experience that will actually count. Techsherpas offers a range of certification training as Boot Camp Courses. This means they provide their students with qualified hands-on training and the knowledge they need to pass a certification exam within just a few days.

That means that if you already have IT related work experience but find out during your job search that the respective official certification is one potential requirement, then you can take care of that within a relatively short time.

Gaining a certain amount of work experience naturally takes its time, but it does have benefits: If you already have work experience, it shows your potential employer that your skills have already been tried and tested in an actual work environment. It also means you have been able to put your theoretical knowledge to practical use.

Even if you already have extensive work experience, you might still want to consider rounding it off and updating it with a current IT certification to land your dream job. IT professionals work in an area that is constantly evolving, so knowledge and skills need to be up-to-date. For that reason, there may even be a chance that your employer is willing to cover the tuition costs.

If you have your certification but no work experience yet, do not worry: Everybody needs to start somewhere, and be it with an entry-level or junior position. That might not quite be your dream job, but at least you will have your certification to get your proverbial foot in the door.

 

Sources/further reading:

http://blog.skillset.com/career-building/decide-earn-work-experience-get-certification/

https://blog.mettl.com/assessment-technology/do-certifications-matter-more-than-work-experience

https://techsherpas.com/certifications/

The Benefits of Investing in Employee Training

It is nothing new that the right employees are a key factor for the success of a business. Recruiting the right talent and building a successful team can be a long and expensive challenge. As an employer, you want your staff to be skilled, motivated and productive. One good strategy to achieve this is to invest in the right employee training. This is especially true in the area of IT training, because information technology is an integral and constantly evolving part of most organizations.

 

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8 good reasons for IT-related employee training

  • Information technology is a field that undergoes frequent development and change. You need to make sure that the knowledge and skill-set of your employees remain up-to-date. This helps them and your company to keep up with these developments.
  • More and more IT professionals understand the necessity of constant education, certification and training. Offer them the opportunity to continue their professional development as a part of your staff. This can be an important incentive when it comes to recruiting the right people.
  • When you find the right employees for the right team it is in your best interested to keep them motivated, so they stay productive and do not feel the need to change employers.
  • Paying for employee training gives you the option to steer their further education into the direction that suits the IT and computer requirements (operation systems, networks and security measures) of your organization.
  • Granting paid IT training (that might even lead to a particular certification) can be a great bonus and a sign of appreciation that benefits the employee as well as the employer.
  • After receiving additional training, the employee can continue and share their enhanced knowledge with other (junior) team members. This multiplies the benefit of your financial investment in the employee training. It might even have an additional positive team building effect.
  • Additional IT skills and certifications can be the right way to allow a staff member the transition into a role with more responsibilities and increased knowledge/skill requirements.
  • You can specifically target a knowledge/skill gap and thereby enhance performance where it is needed.

 

How to handle the risk of an employee leaving shortly after you paid for his/her training and losing your investment

  • You can set up an agreement between the employee and the company that links the payment for their additional training to a minimum staying duration with the company afterwards. You can stipulate that they otherwise will have to reimburse the company for a part or the whole amount of that has been invested in their training.
  • Generally, keep in mind: An employee who is happy with their workplace is less likely to change employers.

 

Have a look at our course catalog to get a better idea about how you can invest in the development of your employees. Do you need additional information or have further questions? – Let us know!

 

 

Sources:
https://managementhelp.org/training/basics/reasons-for-training.htm

http://www.skills.sa.gov.au/for-employers-business/training-your-staff/benefits-of-training-your-staff