New cloud qualification for Ireland

Ruari Quinn with John Kelly and Sligo IT's Terri Scott
Ruari Quinn with John Kelly and Sligo IT's Terri Scott

Citrix launches its Academy Network at Sligo IT

Ireland is attempting to strengthen its cloud workforce with a new Citrix cloud qualification, in Sligo IT.

The new Citrix Academy Network course  is intended to provide students with an industry level certification using Citrix technologies, which can be taken into the workforce. The move follows the introduction of cloud courses at the Cork Institute of Technology and a joint cloud diploma from University College Cork and the  Irish Management Institute.

Aimed at students who already have a solid foundation knowledge of server administration, operating systems and networking, Sligo IT has weaved elements of the qualification into its IT degree courses, like the BSc in Computing. The degree now offers the Citrix Virtualisation and Private Cloud modules.

Students have been taught how to effectively centralise and manage desktops and applications in a data centre by using XenDesktop and XenApp Administration.

While 25 students have already partially completed the course, it has enabled them to learn about Citrix XenDesktop, Citrix XenApp Administration and Citrix XenServer using cloud technologies for the purposes of learning.

The courses are being taught in a mixture of the virtual and physical methods. Classes are conducted by Citrix-approved trained instructors as well in remote labs, depending on the infrastructure at the college or university.

Students have been given the opportunity to leave the virtual and physical classroom for a professional environment, work placements have been organised for students with some of Citrix’ channel partners.

This is intended to give Sligo IT students some ‘hands on experience’, when managing cloud servers and technologies in a business environment.

Not simply content with Ireland, Citrix is casting its gaze further a field and is offering the programme to other Irish educational institutions, as well as colleges and universities in the UK and possibly France, Germany and Eastern Europe.

Ireland has been experiencing the same “severe skills gap” that the UK is currently struggling with and has been seeking methods to rectify the situation.

Irish minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD said, “We currently have widespread demand from IT employers for skilled workers in the areas of virtualisation and networking.”

John Kelly, senior directory, Customer Technical Support and Education Services, EMEA at Citrix stated that the cloud course would be an asset to Ireland and would further its aims of training a skilled cloud workforce.

Kelly said, “This comprehensive course will be highly valued by the ICT industry in Ireland and we are delighted to be investing in Ireland’s next generation of IT professionals.

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