Microsoft reaffirm commitment to developing digital skills

Microsoft have vowed to continue boosting digital skills to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of the global economy by creating a surge of 30,000 apprenticeships.

The comprehensive new national skills programme was announced today, with Microsoft hoping that the training will ‘enable the UK government and public sector organisations to deliver better, more efficient and more modern transformative services to all people in the UK’.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, was at Microsoft UK’s headquarters today to help unveil the foundations for boosting the growth of digital skills.

The Chancellor, said: “This is further evidence that Britain is one of the best places in the world to do digital business. Microsoft’s commitment to training, technology and apprenticeships will ensure that we remain at the cutting edge of innovation.

”Our technology industry is fundamental to securing future economic growth and this government is committed to ensuring it continues to thrive.“

risual – Microsoft Partner of the Year 2015 – have been at the forefront of providing young people with apprenticeships and helping to plug the digital divide through our successful risual Education department, helping contribute to Microsoft’s plan on delivering 30,000 apprenticeships in the UK by 2020.

Microsoft UK CEO, Cindy Rose, spoke of the fourth industrial revolution and the benefits of empowering cloud technologies. She stated: “In the wake of the EU referendum vote, the UK is looking at charting a new and different path to its future and Microsoft is committed, as it has been for more than 30 years, to helping the UK realise its full potential.

“We believe maintaining the UK’s global competitiveness relies on a successful transition to a cloud-enabled economy. At Microsoft, we aim to do our part by investing back into the UK digital economy to ensure people of all ages and backgrounds are equipped with the skills necessary to thrive into the future.”

risual’s apprenticeship scheme was won praise from MP for Stafford, Jeremy Lefroy, and even Former First Secretary of State, William Hague.

Digital skills are crucial and the growing shortage of these forced risual to take a different approach. Director of Education at risual, Tina Jones, said: “We made it our mission to enrich the ecosystem and support the sector, which led to the creation of our innovative apprenticeship model. Our risual Microsoft academies help to provide opportunities for young people whilst creating a pool of talent rich in digital skills.”

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