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Teachers to take part in digital skills programme

28/07/2016 Joanna

In order to bridge the skills gap in IT, cloud hosting firm UKFast is launching a series of workshops to train teachers in digital skills.

Once they're equipped with the necessary tools and qualifications, the opportunities available to students can then grow rapidly, as teachers can teach them a wider array of digital techniques.

The three-day course is approved by the Linux Professional Institute and aims to inspire teachers, as well as to encourage exam boards to adopt it as a core part of the curriculum.

Aaron Saxton, director of training and education at UKFast, said: "Providing teachers with industry-recognised digital skills, such as Linux, means they can pass these skills on to their pupils. It enables them to deliver innovative curriculum projects focused around the computer science agenda and the modern digital business."

He went on to say that this in turn benefits businesses like UKFast themselves, who look for those types of skills when they're hiring. 

In addition to supporting teacher development, the company is also working with 45 schools across Greater Manchester to deliver code clubs and immersion days to more than 35,000 children.

Bill Quinn, who represents the LPI in the UK and Ireland, said: "It is really positive to see a company like UKFast trying to address this problem directly, whilst at the same time sharing their knowledge to support local academia."

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