VMware has paired up with Singapore's Institute of Technical Education (ITE) to set up a training hub called ITE-VMware IT Academy Lab.
Up to 1,000 students are expected to undertake and complete VMware training courses within three years. VMware will offer the top three ITE students from each graduating batch per year with in-house attachment positions, and awards will be given to outstanding ITE students and/or graduates who have acquired VMware training and VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification.
"With the ITE-VMware linkage, we are levelling up the playing field as we produce more students with the relevant hands-on skills and value-added certifications to meet the onset of the new cloud age," said Bruce Poh, director & CEO, ITE.
ITE's relationship with VMware has been in place since 2009, where students were issued certifications in server virtualisation after going through a 60-hour elective programme.
"Companies are recognising the potential of cloud computing to transform their business, and they are in search of talent with the necessary skills to help them maximise their investment," said Eva Bishop, senior director, education and enablement, VMware Asia Pacific and Japan.
In addition, ITE will be conducting instructor training for institutions in Singapore and ASEAN countries to bring them on-board the VMware IT Academy so that they can conduct classes for their students.
The first school to sign up is National University of Laos (NUOL), where it will join the Academy after receiving instructor training from ITE staff over two weeks in March 2012.
"Staff competency will be a notch-up as they keep pace with the industry requirements and become experts in delivering cloud-related modules," said Poh.
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