The QA Academy
Press release 12th Nov 2014


QA steps up to support Microsoft in their mission to boost employability for young people in the UK, with the launch of the QA Gateway Programme

QA, the UK’s leading business and IT training provider, has today announced that the QA Gateway Programme, an exclusive new graduate scheme aimed at getting young people into the IT industry, will officially be supporting Microsoft’s latest CSR initiative. This announcement follows Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s keynote speech at the Future Decoded event this week at ExCeL London, in which he outlined that Microsoft is working towards “access to education with opportunities at the end of it“.

The QA Gateway Programme recruits talented STEM graduates looking to get into the IT industry and places them on an intensive 14-week training programme, either in software development or IT infrastructure. Upon completion of the training each graduate becomes a fully-certified IT contractor, ready to work on IT projects for QA clients within the Microsoft Partner Network.

QA is committed to helping solve the well-publicised UK IT skills gap. There are currently hundreds of thousands of vacant IT roles in the UK, and the demand for IT skills continues to grow – the European Commission predicts that the UK will need an additional 500,000 IT professionals by 2015. Cloud computing and software development skills are particularly in demand – the QA Gateway Programme will help companies fill key IT roles with highly motivated and suitably-skilled graduates.

QA is proud to be a Microsoft Gold Learning Partner and supporter of the Microsoft Get On initiative. The QA Gateway Programme builds on the success of QA’s award-winning Apprenticeship business, which has seen QA recruit and place over 3,000 apprentices into the Microsoft Partner Network over the last five years.

“Through the Microsoft Get On initiative we are working to ensure young people in the UK today Get Inspired, Get Skilled and Get a Job. By building on our existing partnership with award-winning Microsoft Apprenticeship provider QA, we are pleased to announce that the new QA Gateway Programme will form part of the Microsoft Get On initiative. This innovative graduate scheme will enable STEM graduates to work in high profile IT roles. Following an extensive training programme, concentrating on new and emerging Microsoft technologies, QA will place the graduates as IT contractors within the Microsoft Partner Network to gain a minimum of two years work experience. We are delighted to be working with QA and the QA Gateway Programme to help develop the next generation of young IT professionals.” Linda Rendleman, Director of Partner and Business Development at Microsoft UK

Download the QA Gateway Programme brochure:

Graduates who have recently graduated in STEM subjects can apply here:

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