Dudley College becomes a Microsoft IT Academy to help equip students with 21st century skills

Dudley College has launched its Microsoft Office Specialist qualification at their Broadway campus to equip students with real-world technology skills needed to thrive in the 21st century economy. The Black Country College joins more than 15,000 Microsoft IT Academies around the world.

Recent research estimates that by 2015 there will be almost 30 million IT positions globally needing skilled employees. In 2012, a global study found a lack of certification, training and experience were the three top reasons given by the hiring managers for unfilled positions.

The internationally recognised Microsoft Office Specialist qualification now offered by the college is an excellent starting point for people wanting to upskill or launch their career in this developing area of work.

The Dudley-based Microsoft IT Academy will provide a college based learning environment where students can get hands-on experience with the latest technology to gain a competitive edge in today’s job market or the next step in their academic studies.

Specialist modules covering Microsoft Office 2013 Word, Excel and PowerPoint will form the core of the new Microsoft Office Specialist Certification for IT Users part-time course starting in September on a Tuesday evening. 

The programme’s resources include access to online learning materials, online assessment and instant exam results and feedback.

“We’re committed to providing our students with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills so they can pursue higher education, and secure jobs that contribute to the statewide economy and their communities,” said Lowell Williams, Principal at Dudley College.

“Our membership of the Microsoft IT Academy programme, enables us to provide a road map to technology, proficiency and industry-recognized Microsoft Certification credentials keeping pace with what today’s employers are looking for and sets our students up for future success.”

The Microsoft IT Academy programme bridges this gap and connects the worlds of education and work.  “Microsoft is committed to empowering students and teachers around the world to reach their full potential,” said Alison Cunard, General Manager for Microsoft Learning Experience. “By combining education and cutting-edge technology, the Microsoft IT Academy helps enable success and prosperity in an evolving global economy.”

For more information about the Microsoft Level 2 Certificate for IT Users course please visit www.