Toshiba has gained the support of the European Social Fund in setting up a Toshiba Skills Academy to train people to work for its resellers.
The Toshiba Skills Academy will provide several kinds of training of IT resellers: IT, management, sales and customer service skills.
Now in the pilot stage, the project will be rolled out across Toshiba's UK network of resellers later this year. It will be co-funded by Toshiba and participating resellers. The estimated total cost for Toshiba's contribution to the skills audit programme is £147,500, and £147,750 will be added from the European Social Fund.
"We've heard a lot of talk about the IT skills shortage and there are predictions that it will reach crisis point in the near future," said Anthony Willis, assistant general manager at Toshiba UK. "While many are bemoaning the situation, Toshiba has put a comprehensive programme in place to do something about it."
UK education bodies including the IT National Training Organisation and Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs), were also closely involved in the project, to ensure that the academy helps to meet the government's targets for IT training.
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