IT Training

  sammyseven 12:52 26 Nov 2007

Sorry if this has been asked 100s of times before and if its in the wrong forum but......

I'm looking to start getting myself some form of IT qualifications so I can change careers.

I can pick up IT stuff pretty quickly but haven't got any qualifications at all apart from the most basic stuff.

Have looked at Computeach and Adventtraining but have heard bad things about these companies.
I'm looking to study at home, in my own time and have been looking at the Microsoft ELearning Website for ideas but it seems a minefield.

Any advice would be great - or links to other forums that might be more relevant.


  Technotiger 14:30 26 Nov 2007
  pj123 15:27 26 Nov 2007

Try your local council. Adult Education Evening Classes. They normally start in September so you might be a bit late. I got my City and Guilds computer Certificate in 1988 by going to evening classes at my local school.

Since then, of course, I have many more qualifications in IT. Before retirement, I was an IT Trainer for a County Council.

You could also try here:

click here

  Sparkly 15:46 26 Nov 2007

Skills Train did it for me.
click here

  Chris the Ancient 15:58 26 Nov 2007

Conversely, Skills Train didn't do it for me!

I got involved in the MOUS qualification.

* The material is very American
* The material is quite out of date in a lot of places
* The material has too many errors to be acceptable (to me)
* Despite many nags from me, there seems to be no news on when I can take the final qualification.

So, I'm afraid, Skills Train get a thumbs down from me.


  martjc 16:02 26 Nov 2007

... I have a similar background and attained all my quals from local schools adult classes. Having gained A level Computer Studies, I have worked for several IT companies.

Good luck!

  LABMAN 18:02 26 Nov 2007

Hi Sammyseven,

If you can get the likes of your ECDL or Microsift Office Specialist free I'd go for it as it wouldn't do any harm, if on the other hand you have to pay I'd think long and hard about it.

I done my ECDL then all the modules for the Microsoft Office Specialist using Office 2000 back in 2002 - 2003,having recently been made redundant I thought they would come in handy finding a new position but to be honest they have been of absoloutely no benefit whatsover, I'm only glad I got them free and didn't pay.

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