April 6, 2005

LinuxIT responds to IT skills shortage

Ev Milker writes "LinuxIT, the largest Linux company providing independent systems integration and professional services in the UK, today announced that it has launched a focused initiative aimed at delivering more Linux Professional Institute (LPI) training courses and certifications to the market.

Globally, over 70,000 LPI certification exams have been delivered since 2000. The LPI Linux certification is both vendor-independent and distribution-neutral, and prepares trainees to take on globally defined jobs as Linux specialists. However, more needs to be done.
With its new initiative, LinuxIT reacts to the extensively proclaimed problem of Linux skills shortages in the UK. The adoption of Linux, as the worldâs fastest growing Operating System, could outrun the supply of skilled professionals, which in turn is in danger of slowing down the current momentum of Linux.
Adrian Thomasset, Training Manager at LinuxIT said: âWe are finding that the Linux skills shortages donât just affect a few industries. We see the problem manifest across all vertical markets, from education and government institutions to finance and manufacturing. Many companies still find it difficult to secure human resources necessary to handle Linux development and installation. LinuxIT is reacting to this issue by aggressively expanding and driving forward its LPI Training Programme. Through the new initiative, our aim is to certify at least another 200 trainees by the end of this year.â

Despite the evident shortfall in Linux skills, LinuxIT continues to celebrate the relative success of its LPI training program The company delivered more LPI certifications to the UK market last year than any other training provider.

In order to encourage more companies and individuals to take the Linux certification courses, LinuxIT launched the âTwo for Oneâ initiative, whereby two seats on any LPI training courses will be charged at the cost of only one.

For more information on availability and schedules phone 0117 905 8718 or email training@linuxit.com

LPI is an independent, non-profit corporation that has evolved out of the Linux community focusing solely on setting certification standards.
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About LinuxIT
LinuxIT (a division of Kleesh Consultants Ltd.) is the UKâs largest independent provider of IT Infrastructure integrating Linux and Open Source solutions with Microsoft and other vendorsâ technologies. LinuxIT is the UK Powerhouse of Linux expertise with consultants forming the backbone to the services of most of the best known names in IT.

Our aim is to work in partnership with our customers to identify the best IT solution to the business problems, and assist in implementing the solution most appropriate to the customerâs business and technical needs.

As IT infrastructure experts, our knowledge includes all of the commonly used operating systems and applications from most of the hardware and software vendors, ranging from Microsoft to RedHat. As independent consultants our recommendations may include any or all of these vendorsâ solutions irrespective of personal prejudice. LinuxITâs customers are predominantly SMEs across the entire spectrum of vertical market sectors.

For further information, please contact:
Ev Milker
Marketing and PR Manager
LinuxIT
Tel: +44 (0)117 905 8718
e-mail: evm@linuxit.com"

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