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The Microsoft IT Academy scheme has been around for quite a while now, and with almost 600 colleges and schools accredited, it has been growing quickly recently. The basic idea is that a college can apply to become an IT Academy in order to offer courses and certification to local businesses, and even their own students and staff.

Skills for Business - the industry training arm of Sheffield College - has a customer base who are mostly SME's - 85% of firms in their local area employ less than 50 people - who were seeking IT training in Microsoft's business packages. So at the beginning of January 2004 they started to provide training courses through the Microsoft-branded IT Academy.

By delivering the Microsoft Office Specialist courses, student numbers have grown dramatically - to 1,000 trainees in 2005-6.

Dave Pickersgill, Digital Development Manager at Sheffield College, says: “We have increased numbers of delegates from zero three years ago to become a vibrant and successful part of the college.”

In both 2005 and 2006 there were one of only 5 to be given the "Microsoft Academic Centre of Excellence" award.

Your can read more about the Sheffield story on our worldwide case studies website. More information on the Microsoft IT Academy programme is on our main UK Education website.

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