QA | 5 February 2013
For my first blog of 2013, I wanted to share a recent change to some of the units we are delivering to our IT Apprentices. This covers the adoption of the Microsoft Technology Associate certifications on the QA Apprentice Course.
- or MTA's have now gained mainstream
recognition, details of which can be found on this
by my colleague Steve Brennan.
We adopted these on the Apprentice side of the business last year - these qualifications give learners an easier route to higher level Microsoft qualifications. I have just delivered my first set of these based around Networking & Security and so far the result have been very favourable. These qualifications are by no means a cut down affair - they build up the units to give the learners a more in depth overall knowledge, whilst saving them the overwhelming headache of having to try and remember a multiple range of diverse areas.
An example of this is the Networking MTA (98-366) - as we are going through all of the fundamentals the end units start to cover Network security. This is a natural progression onto the Security MTA (98-367) - which is now completed. It won't surprise anyone to learn at the end of the Security module there is mention of Server/Desktop security using Certificates etc. I will not even ask anyone to guess what module my learners will be doing on their next visit.
The learners seem to appreciate the way these are presented from Microsoft as I have said they are getting a more intense focused knowledge in a single area.
Last I believe that one of the more important aspects of the MTA's is they start at a level where someone whom doesn't normally delve into IT can feel comfortable and progress further than they would expect.
When Microsoft first developed the MTAs they were not available in many languages, but they have now been translated to multiple dialects and are available worldwide.
In retrospect it looks like the Apprentices are ahead of the game…again!