In the UK we are working with InnerWorkings to create a great offer of training to UK developers. We still have some stuff to sort out but I am hopeful that we will be able to share the details of this very early in 2009. In my previous depth role we used InnerWorking successfully to help early adopters get up to speed with the core technologies which we then built on with our own labs, briefings and workshops. We were very impressed with the inventive format they use and the quality of the training.
Essentially the training is broken down into a number of coding challenges which you must perform inside Visual Studio on supplied skeleton projects with the help of relevant information. Once you think you have it right, their program checks your solution for correctness. Very sweet. Above that there is also reporting - making it easy for an organisation to role it out and understand how developers are progressing through the training, opening up the possibility of prizes etc.
The great news is my colleagues in the US have already created a worldwide offer which allows you to try out this format for free. You can select from three samples:
Even better news - check out their online catalog and use the coupon code IWDEFY to claim a 10% discount on all items in your shopping cart.
NB: For the UK we are aiming to put together a larger offering - albeit for a limited number of folks. Watch this space.