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Wolfsburg , is supporting us with SEA : ME . The close collaboration with our strong partners from the world of business means we can ensure that our graduates are optimally prepared for the needs of the automotive sector . In the pioneer year , the first generation of students is now coming together in Wolfsburg to obtain the proof of concept for the innovative curriculum .”
SEA : ME is the first IT study programme in Europe to be specially tailored for the automotive sector . Thanks to the combined focus on IT and automotive technology , the tuition-free course opens up the possibility of gaining in-depth knowledge in both areas in a practical and interdisciplinary environment to anyone with talent . The course ’ s high level of practical relevance due to industry partnerships with companies such as Volkswagen , Volkswagen ’ s software subsidiary , CARIAD , Microsoft , Bosch and other partners give students the best preparation for starting their careers in the fields of work in question . The members of the partner network , including Korea ’ s Kookmin University , are working closely together on refining the curriculum for the new course and continuously developing its content . All the materials used in the course are open educational resources ( OER ) and can therefore be freely used by learners all over the world .
Another approach to closing the skills gap is through apprenticeship programmes which are fast becoming a very popular method of attack .
Cheshire-based training and apprenticeship provider , Apprentify , recently won a contract worth approximately £ 250,000 with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority ( WYCA ) to deliver Digital Skills Bootcamps to learners across the region . Apprentify is delighted to be delivering these bootcamps as part of
West Yorkshire Combined Authority ’ s Skills for Growth training scheme .
The fully funded courses delivered by Apprentify will give people the opportunity to learn digital skills at a time where there is high demand for experienced tech talent . These six-week bootcamps will teach them about Search Engine Optimisation , a specialist branch
of digital marketing . The partnership will provide a minimum of 75 places to people aged 19 years and over living across Bradford , Calderdale , Kirklees , Leeds and Wakefield .
Jonathan Fitchew , CEO of Apprentify , said : “ Digital bootcamps are a great opportunity for people to build confidence and skills in subjects that will help them progress in their careers , without committing to longterm schooling . They also provide a great pipeline of talent for employers in the local area who are struggling to find experienced digital marketers . We are pleased to be working with WYCA as part of its wider initiative to reinvigorate businesses in the county .” p
John Maddison – EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet
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