College opens gates to knowledge

Lancashire businesses have been given a first glimpse of the North West’s only Microsoft Training Academy.

The training centre, at Preston College, is Microsoft’s first in the region and will provide opportunities for local businesses and individuals to develop their IT skills with professional Microsoft qualifications and training courses.

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Attendees were treated to a keynote talk from Microsoft Academic Evangelist, Lee Stott, and representatives from other technology partners and also had the opportunity to see Preston College’s facilities and talk to tutors and staff about how the qualifications can benefit their employees.

Jason Turton, head of creative and digital at Preston College said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Microsoft and this is the start of a relationship with one of the world’s biggest technology companies and we hope that the partnership can flourish in the years to come.

“There are over one billion users of Microsoft Office in the world and most businesses use the software in the day to day operations.

“As the only training centre of its kind in the region, we’ll be able to provide people with the skills and knowledge to use Microsoft products effectively and thus increase business productivity.” “We see partnerships such as this as an important step in our continued efforts to ensure that we offer value for money to schools and businesses across the region.”