Microsoft Learn has now been made available by the global software giant to its Australian partners in an effort to address shortages in key IT skills.
Announced at Ignite last month, Learn allows users to choose how they learn certain skills to prepare for certifications, either through bite-sized tutorials, longer, structured learning paths or in-person courses.
Microsoft Australia one commercial partner lead Mark Leigh said shortages of key skills are “already causing pain” for Australian companies with 59 percent believing the IT skills gap is one of their five biggest challenges in managing cloud and hybrid IT environments.
“Globally, 77 percent of partners lack a formal training department and rely on other sources, including Microsoft, to deliver the training their employees need,” Leigh said.
“With that in mind, Microsoft Learn complements the work we’re doing in Australia with our National Skills Program that’s designed to help instil the sorts of skills and capabilities people need as Enterprise Australia digitally transforms itself.”
Leigh added that Microsoft wanted to work with partners toward helping them gain the right technical skills to succeed by providing a learning platform that supported their employees’ lifelong learning.
“ICT skills are fluid and in high demand – and that’s absolutely the case for our partners here in Australia,” he said.
“The local partner network plays an absolutely critical role in our mission to empower Australians to achieve more. We are very well aware of how important our partners are to us and to our shared customers.”