Microsoft's new tool to train and certify partners, dubbed Learn, is now available to the Australian channel.
Microsoft Learn was announced at the company's annual event Ignite, which took place at the end of September, allowing users to choose the way they learn through bite-sized tutorials, longer, structured learning paths or in-person courses delivered by a certified Microsoft Learning partner.
Furthermore, Microsoft Learn helps employees learn the vendor's technologies and practical job skills most relevant to their role within an organisation.
Other methods available includes hands-on learning with interactive browser-based scripting environments, role-based learning paths aligned to certifications, free trial accounts to easily test-drive products and services, task-based achievements that reward practical skills, immediate assessment via knowledge quizzes and dedicated forums where employees can learn more.
According to Mark Leigh, Microsoft Australia One Commercial partner lead, Microsoft Learn helps tackle partner skills challenge.
"Globally, 77 per cent of partners lack a formal training department and rely on other sources, including Microsoft, to deliver the training their employees need," Leigh said in a blog post.
"With that in mind, Microsoft Learn complements the work we’re doing in Australia with our National Skills Program that’s designed to help instil the sorts of skills and capabilities people need as enterprise Australia digitally transforms itself.
"Microsoft Learn adds to our existing partner enablement programs, allowing us to offer flexible learning options – ranging from bite-sized tutorials through to longer, structured learning paths or in-person courses delivered by a certified Microsoft Learning partner."
Microsoft Learn also connects to other training options such as Pluralsight learning paths, which includes Pluralsight Role IQ which measures proficiency in the collection of technology skills required to succeed in a specific Azure role.
Microsoft Learn was designed to evolve over time, adding new skills and tutorials to ensure workforces have the skills they need for the future.