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Showing initiative; Employment FOCUS The University of Paisley's IT Academy is helping equip Scottish businesses and students with the skills to succeed.

THE use of information technology in the business world has grown considerably over recent years, leading to increased demand across Europe for highly-skilled IT professionals.

The University of Paisley is a market leader in the field of ICT and its IT Academy is playing a key role in a number of initiatives, ensuring Scottish businesses have the skills and support required for success in the marketplace.

The IT Academy is taking a lead role in the expansion of the Scottish eSkills Academy for SMEs (SESAME), which offers a unique package of ICT and management training to Scottish SMEs.

Using current key vendor certification courses, the Scottish eSkills Academy creates training programmes to provide maximum impact to business job roles.

The certification schemes include those offered from Microsoft, Cisco, Adobe/Macromedia, Certified Internet Webmaster and the Institute of Leadership and Management.

The University is also aiding SMEs through its Paisley Innovation & Knowledge Transfer (PiKT) project.

This innovative Scottish Executive Expertise, Knowledge & Innovation Transfer (SEEKIT) project sees SMEs in the west of Scotland being able to access five days of funded technical support from the university in the form of a "Technology Audit", which looks at how a company can further exploit technology.

The PiKT project pays for the audit and also for project staff to work with the client to make follow-on funding applications to take technology transfer ideas forward.

The IT Academy is also helping to plug the skills gap in the IT industry thanks to its "Training for Work" programme. This programme trains unemployed people in key computer skills such as Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) or Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW).

The training consists of intensive hands-on practical tuition from certified trainers. Courses run throughout the year with groups of 12 trainees on each course.

Finally, the IT Academy is offering flexible learning through recently introduced online courses leading to either Microsoft or CIW certification.

These courses are ideal for those who want to fit learning around their other commitments and are offered as tutor-supported online learning programmes.

For further information on the IT Academy and the services it offers, call 0141 848 3540, email emma. paterson@paisley.ac.uk or visit

www.paisley.ac.uk/computing/ITacademy

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Date:Jul 5, 2007
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