QA triumphs at Microsoft’s global tech awards

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UK Training provider wins Microsoft 2016 Worldwide YouthSpark Citizenship Partner of the Year Award and is named a finalist for Microsoft Learning Partner of Year.

QA has been recognised by Microsoft as the global winner of the 2016 YouthSpark Citizenship Partner of the Year award and named Learning Partner of the Year finalist.

QA were selected as the winner of its category from a set of more than 2,500 nominations from 119 different countries. The award recognises QA for its incredible work and impact in the UK – empowering young people, providing them with the opportunity to gain IT experience and training that allows them to pursue fulfilling careers in technology.

Youth unemployment remains a significant issue in the UK. Meanwhile, growth in the digital economy has created a huge surge in unfulfilled demand for IT professionals. QA’s Microsoft Apprenticeship Program is addressing this issue by providing young people (ages 16-24), who are not attending University, with the opportunity to gain IT experience that will allow them to pursue fulfilling careers in technology. Thus far, the QA-Microsoft program has placed an amazing 6,000 young apprentices into job roles in over 1,000 UK companies. On top of this, this summer QA will place its 10,000th apprentice into employment – doing its bit to upskill future technologists and support the government’s drive to deliver 3 million apprentices by 2020. QA is proud to partner with Microsoft to empower young people from diverse backgrounds to pursue their dreams and achieve more through careers in technology.

“The 2016 Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists represent the most innovative and transformative work being done across our partner community,” said Gavriella Schuster, general manager, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft. “It is important to recognize and celebrate the value and opportunity these solutions create for our mutual customers. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and finalists on this tremendous achievement.”

“I am delighted that QA has been recognised by Microsoft for our dedication to helping the UK’s IT sector to address the IT skills gap”, said William Macpherson, Chief Executive QA Group. “To receive such a prestigious award for the impact we are having at empowering young IT apprentices, is a true credit to our hard work and achievements.  We will place our 10,000th apprentice into employment this summer and are so proud of the work we have done to ensure that our apprentices gain the experience they need to achieve flourishing IT careers.”

Merry Christmas from QA Consulting

Christmas at QA Consulting

As 2015 draws to close and our offices begin their shutdown for the holiday period, we wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

It has been an exciting year for everyone at QA Consulting and we are eager to see what 2016 will hold.

We hope your Christmas is filled with plenty of cheer and you have a prosperous New Year!

QA Consulting

The NETbuilder Academy is now part of QA Consulting


QA Consulting Logo - Incorporating NetBuilder Academy

As some of you may have seen in recent weeks The NETbuilder Academy has been acquired by QA, the leader in IT and business skills training.

This acquisition has led to the creation of QA Consulting which incorporates the NETbuilder Academy.

NETbuilder continue to offer Digital and Technology Consulting Services, and have their own separate LinkedIn page here.

The NETbuilder Academy becomes part of QA

NETbuilder_ID_A2_RGB_300NETbuilder are excited to announce The NETbuilder Academy has been acquired by QA, the leader in IT and business skills training.

The acquisition will reinforce The NETbuilder Academy’s position as leading provider of STEM-graduate consultants providing specialist IT skills into Clients. The combination of The NETbuilder Academy and QA will provide a unique solution to the ‘digital talent gap’ experienced by many companies, as it brings together QA’s technical training expertise with NETbuilder’s established graduate programme.

Tony Lysak, Managing Director of The NETbuilder Academy, who will head up the new combined division, adds: “We’re delighted to be joining QA who we’ve always seen as the leading brand in professional learning, and looking forward to working with many more of QA’s clients. Joining forces means we can be even more effective at delivering flexible IT resourcing solutions into UK employers, and leverage the nation-wide training facilities of QA”.

The acquisition will allow The NETbuilder Academy to gain access to QA’s 6000 strong customer portfolio, providing us with the unrivalled ability to address the need of the growing digital economy.

“We are very pleased to bring The NETbuilder Academy capabilities and expertise into our business”, said William Macpherson, Chief Executive of QA. “We are delighted to be combining QA’s Gateway programme with the industry specialist leader, The NETbuilder Academy. This exciting opportunity will enhance our provision of innovative resource solutions for our customers when talent is scarce.”

All at The NETbuilder Academy are excited to start this new part of our journey with QA.

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