Recession Fails To Drive Demand For Public Sector Jobs

London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) May 18, 2009 -- Despite the harsh economic climate, demand for IT jobs is still outstripping supply. Firebrand believe that the continuing fall in students graduating from IT courses could affect the public sector's ability to compete for candidates as they struggle to match offers from private sector organisations. This is especially the case with Windows Server related job roles requiring skills covered by the MCP, MCSA, and MCSE training courses.

"If you can afford to pay salaries, be more aggressive about recruitment, and have an good story to sell to candidates, you're going to be the ones who attract the best IT graduates," said Robert Chapman of Firebrand Training. Chapman maintained that the problem has been created by the industry itself.

"This situation is entirely our own fault," he said. "The industry as a whole has a poor record of promoting itself. There is a perception that IT is a boring grey box in the corner, when in fact there are number of highly attractive roles that are a lot more creative than people believe."

Chapman added that many people who would not consider themselves 'IT geeks' may be very well suited to Microsoft-skilled (i.e. MCSE qualified) roles within the industry.

"Ask anyone if they'd like a job at Google or Facebook and they'll probably say 'yes', but these are IT companies. It's just their popular brand reputation that makes them seem cool, even to people who would otherwise dismiss a career in IT out of hand," he said.

The industry as a whole will not solve this problem until it highlights the many different IT-related professions, dispelling the negative myths and promoting the many benefits of job security, good prospects and high salaries.

"This is particularly true of the public services sector, which plays such a vital role, but will never have the popular brand recognition to play off," Chapman concluded.


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Firebrand Training, formerly known as The Training Camp, has pioneered Accelerated Learning courses for busy IT professionals. The organisation’s innovative approach to MCSE training course delivery has led to its status as the Institute of IT Training’s “IT Training Company of the Year” for three years – something no other IT Training company has achieved.

MCSE students are totally immersed in the subject matter, receiving an average of 12 hours intense tuition per day at a residential training site. Subject experts implement a range of teaching methodologies designed to fit with how we best understand and retain information during different periods in the day. Accelerated Learning is an attractive proposition for contractors, whose time commands very high premiums, and employers who need to minimise staff absence. Firebrand Training has an above average pass rate of 85% - confounding critics’ claims that Accelerated Learning fails to produce results.

Firebrand Training was founded by Robert Chapman and Stefano Capaldo in Summer 2001 as The Training Camp. Stefano was a former student in the US and rated the company’s approach so highly that he decided to launch a programme of courses in the UK. The organisation has since been recognised by Microsoft as a Gold Partner for Learning Solutions (MCPLS) and over 17,000 students have been trained in the UK to date. The success of the company enabled the management team to relaunch as Firebrand Training, which is focused on delivering training courses specifically designed for a European market.

Firebrand Training offers a range of courses covering all major vendors such as Microsoft (MCSE, MCP, MCSA), Cisco, Oracle, Sun, and Novell, as well as specialist certifications in the areas of security, business intelligence, project and business process management.

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Firebrand Training was founded by Robert Chapman and Stefano Capaldo in Summer 2001 as The Training Camp.

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Press Release Submitted On: May 18, 2009 at 5:46 am
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