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Investing in skills, supporting apprentice development

An important aspect of acquiring and applying skills, particularly in apprenticeships, is learning from those who have experience and qualifications in the industry. With this, I believe, comes a responsibility for those in the role of educator to prepare apprentices for success in the workplace – both now and in the future.

One of the things which I believe is key to future-proofing careers is learning about and exploring new technologies.  For educators working with apprentices in technical sectors, for example, this could include building capabilities and skills in technologies such as real-time 3D design, augmented and virtual reality and 3D.

Certification and qualifications are signs of proven capability

Industry-recognised qualifications provide further reassurance to employers that someone has the required level of skills – think of them as proof points.

In my experience, there are a number of benefits associated with acquiring recognised industry qualifications – such as earning potential, professional credibility and knowledge retention.  I’ve seen examples where having the right vendor certification has opened doors to opportunities, as well as boosting self-confidence and increased credibility in the workplace.

With the continued emphasis on skill development, especially in IT space, I anticipate the relevance and importance of certification will continue to grow in the coming years. Unity and Autodesk provide such industry-recognised qualifications which help learners develop their skills for work in the future.

Tomas Karlsson, Head of Channel Services, KnowledgePoint

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