Microsoft is targeting contractors in its bid to help close the skills gap.
It is working with an initial 10 recruitment agencies, which will offer a new certification that is specific to freelance IT staff, called the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).
The chosen agencies, known as Microsoft Authorised Resource Centres, will work with its existing training partners (Microsoft Authorised Technical Education Centres) to sell courses to contractors that will lead to the qualification.
Among the recruitment agencies Microsoft will be working with are Computer People, Software Personnel and The 2000 Group.
Courses offered will be a mixture of scheduled offsite training and online education, which contractors can fit around their work commitments.
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