Attempting to capitalise on the growing IT skills shortage in Australia, major training and personnel company Drake International has stepped up its training offerings and financing to make high-end technical training more accessible.
As part of this initiative, Drake has announced a finance package providing people undergoing Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) training with up to four years to pay back their loan. Payments will commence three months after the completion of the course.
"The package is geared towards resellers looking to move into high-end LAN / WAN consulting services to supplement low revenues from their traditionally low margin hardware and software business," said Nick Antonopoulos, general manager of Drake's computer training division - Drake Training.
Antonopoulos claims Drake's decision to take a proactive stance - which has seen a consolidation of new management and courses offered - in dealing with the skills crisis has been driven by a growing acceptance that the private sector should take some responsibility for solving the skill deficit problem.
"Historically, industry has relied on the government and higher education to develop the necessary strategies to meet industry training requirements. However, given the timeframes now demanded by the IT industry, this is no longer possible and it is up to us to meet the challenge," he said.