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Digital skills are fundamental to economic growth and recovery, and we’ve been listening to what skills you need now to support your business to thrive, whether it’s upskilling your existing workforce or accessing future talent for your business.

We have strategic partnerships with leaders across the tech industry, and we’re consistently evolving our training in partnership with employers to ensure that Weston College is the destination for tech talent.

We offer a wide range of digital technology courses, whether they’re skill-specific bootcamps or apprenticeship programmes.

Our specialist team can:

  • Create bespoke training for your existing employees
  • Support you to access fresh talent through tech apprenticeships
  • Help you access an extra pair of hands through industry placements.

 

We are here for you

Up to £4,000 funding per apprentice.

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What’s available?

MICROSOFT OFFICE SPECIALIST (MOS) and MOS EXPERT

A Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) is an internationally recognised qualification. Participants completing courses will be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of working with Office applications, including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

These courses are intended to upskill existing competencies through a recognised online learning platform. The aim is to provide employees with not only the knowledge to effectively utilise these applications but also provide greater business value by increased productivity and integration.

To further enhance the employee skill-base within Microsoft Word and Excel, on completion of the Specialist Level courses, progression will be offered onto the MOS Expert Level suite of courses in these applications. The benefits to both the business and employee are a greater utilisation of applications to optimise business value.

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Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Available - From September 2021

DIGITAL SKILLS

Online development of basic digital knowledge and skills to support employees working in business environments where staff are increasingly reliant on digital communication and business practices. These courses will provide employees with skills from entry-level and provide stepping-stone progression to higher-level proficiency.

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AZURE FUNDAMENTALS

Microsoft is recognised world-wide as a leading provider of both Office applications and Cloud-based platforms. As businesses look to leverage these platforms for market advantage, the development of staff skills is a critical component of this strategy. To support this, Weston College in partnership with Microsoft now provide a suite of leading Microsoft qualifications.

This course provides employees with foundational-level knowledge of cloud services. This course is remote and can be supported by tutor-led.

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AZURE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FUNDAMENTALS

As an emerging technology AI is recognised as one of the top ten core skills in industrial digitalisation.

This course introduces AI and the Microsoft services to employees with an opportunity to demonstrate fundamental skills in the creation of AI solutions. This course is remote and can be supported by tutor-led.

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AZURE DATA FUNDAMENTALS

Across all industry sectors the effective application of data to enhance business value and gain competitive advantage is widely recognised. This course is intended to support employees in understanding data concepts, tools, and the benefits of data to support and drive business decision making.

This course is remote and can be supported by tutor-led.

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POWER PLATFORM FUNDAMENTALS

Automating basic business processes and creating Key Performance Indicators utilising dashboard visualisations is becoming increasingly adopted within industry to monitor and improve all aspects of the organisations.

The value of this course to the business is to support employees in the development and implementation of proactive management of business metrics. This course is remote and can be supported by tutor-led.

This course is remote and supported by a tutor.

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Level 2

Available - From Autumn 2021

UNDERSTANDING CODING CERTIFICATE

This qualification will support employees to gain recognition in the practices of code development, focusing on associated methodologies and industry practices of code development.

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Level 2

Available - From Autumn 2021

PRINCIPLES OF CYBER SECURITY CERTIFICATE

The importance of effective cyber security practices within businesses is acknowledged as fundamental requirement. The purpose of the Level 2 Certificate in Cyber Security is to provide employees with awareness of current principles, roles and responsibilities to support the existing policies within businesses.

The secondary purpose is to act as a stepping-stone that will lead learners into studying Cyber Security at a higher level.

This is a blended course comprising remote and tutor-led delivery.

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Level 2

Available - From Autumn 2021

DATA ANALYSIS CERTIFICATE

The reliance on effective analysis of data within any business is fundamental to improving business intelligence and is increasingly critical in all industry sectors. This course is designed to support employees to develop the initial fundamental skills of data analysis.

This is a blended course comprising remote and tutor-led delivery.

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Level 1

Available - From Autumn 2021

EUROPEAN COMPUTER DRIVING LICENSE (ECDL) ESSENTIALS

To support employees in gaining an understanding of essential IT skills, the adoption of the internationally recognized European Computer Driving License Essentials (ECDL) is a great introduction to IT. Employees will be introduced to the uses of basic computer technology, the internet and will be able to email safely following completion of this course. This is a face to face course.

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Level 2

Available - From Autumn 2021

EUROPEAN COMPUTER DRIVING LICENSE (ECDL) EXTRA

As a progression from the Level 1 ECDL course, employees will gain confidence, knowledge and understanding of the three main Microsoft applications required in the workplace - Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a contextualised industry-based scenario project activity.

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Level 3

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TECHNICIAN

Within an organisation it is anticipated that a Software Development Technician typically works as part of a software development team, to build simple software components to be used by other members of the team as part of larger software development projects.

This course will provide participants with the ability to interpret simple design requirements for discrete components of a project under supervision.

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Level 4

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Agility within today’s fast paced and ever-changing business environments, and management of change, means that businesses are required to effectively manage complex transitions. The main aim of this course is to provide employees with the skill set required of an associate project manager.

It will support participants to identify what needs to be achieved, how it will be achieved, how long it will take and how much it will cost, and works with a wider project team/s to achieve the required strategic outcomes.

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Level 3

DATA TECHNICIAN

To support business in developing employees to gain an initial understanding of data analysis, this course has been developed to provide a foundation awareness of the key principles within data analytics.

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Level 3

INFRASTRUCTURE TECHNICIAN

This course is designed to enable business to introduce employees into the vital role of supporting internal and external customers.

The aim of the course is to help employees to facilitate internal and external customers to become more productive when using technology to do their own jobs.

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Level 4

DATA ANALYST

This course will provide employees with the core knowledge and skills to provide the business with essential information based on industry practice. The course provides participants with recognised British Computing Society (BCS) qualifications in analytics, thereby further enhancing the developing skill set.

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Level 6

DIGITAL AND TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS BSC HONS DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP

As data becomes pervasive across all industry sectors and business practices, the role of a data analyst is to collect, organise and study data to provide new business insight. This course will provide participants with the skills to address the need for up-to-date, accurate and relevant data analysis for the organisation.

Employees will typically become involved with managing, cleansing, abstracting and aggregating data across the network infrastructure.

The results of data analysis activities support recommendations to improve business performance. Participants will gain a broad grounding in technology solutions to be effective in their role.

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Level 3

CYBER SECURITY TECHNICIAN

This course will provide first-line skills in cyber security support. It requires individuals to monitor and detect potential security threats and escalate as necessary, and to support secure and uninterrupted business operations.

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Level 4

CYBER SECURITY TECHNOLOGIST

The primary role of a Cyber Security Technologist is to support organisations with an understanding of cyber threats, hazards, risks, controls, measures and mitigations to protect organisations systems and people.

This course will focus on two key elements: firstly, the technical side, work on areas such as security design & architecture, security testing, investigations & response. Secondly, a focus on the risk analysis relating to areas such as operations, risk, governance & compliance.

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Level 6

CYBER SECURITY SPECIALIST

Studied as part of the Digital and Technology Solutions BSc Hons Degree Apprenticeship - within businesses, the critical role of a cyber security analyst is to be responsible for the implementation, maintenance and support of the security controls that protect an organisation’s systems and data assets from threats and hazards.

This course is developed to provide an understanding of the security technologies and practices that are operating in accordance with organisations’ policies and standards to provide continued protection.

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Level 6

BUSINESS ANALYST

Studied as part of the Digital and Technology Solutions BSc Hons Degree Apprenticeship - in an increasingly complex business environment, it is critical that understanding and having the capabilities to apply business analysis within and across multiple organisations, underpins commercial resilience in a competitive landscape.

This course is targeted at businesses looking to introduce or develop employees to acquire the skills and knowledge to support the decision-making process within the business.

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What’s available?

SHORT/UPSKILLING TRAINING COURSES

MICROSOFT OFFICE SPECIALIST (MOS) and MOS EXPERT
DIGITAL SKILLS
AZURE FUNDAMENTALS
AZURE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FUNDAMENTALS
AZURE DATA FUNDAMENTALS
POWER PLATFORM FUNDAMENTALS
UNDERSTANDING CODING CERTIFICATE
PRINCIPLES OF CYBER SECURITY CERTIFICATE
DATA ANALYSIS CERTIFICATE
EUROPEAN COMPUTER DRIVING LICENSE (ECDL) ESSENTIALS
EUROPEAN COMPUTER DRIVING LICENSE (ECDL) EXTRA

APPRENTICESHIPS

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TECHNICIAN
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
DATA TECHNICIAN
INFRASTRUCTURE TECHNICIAN
DATA ANALYST
DIGITAL AND TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS BSC HONS DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP
CYBER SECURITY TECHNICIAN
CYBER SECURITY TECHNOLOGIST
CYBER SECURITY SPECIALIST
BUSINESS ANALYST

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