Software Education Provides Opportunity to Grow

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In today&rsquo;s climate of depressed financial markets around the world, highly developed business analysis skills are at a premium. In the light of growing demand around the world for these IT-related systems skills, Software Education Associates &mdash; a training organization specializing in professional-level, software development training is planning to &ldquo;internationalize&rdquo; its highly successful courses.<br /> <br />Earlier this year, global analyst firm Gartner warned of a worldwide shortage in IT personnel as the coming generation shun the industry because of a perceived lack of glamour and a reputation for hard work. Gartner believes the current shortage is different from the skills gap that emerged in the dotcom era, as it affects all areas of the IT industry and not just specific technical skills.<br /> <br />A study carried out by National Computing Centre in the U.K. about the same time revealed that the skills shortage in the IT industry had increased from a 4 percent shortfall in people last year to 7 percent this year &mdash; the highest in the past decade. The study also revealed that some 73 percent of employers that had indicated the need for new skills plan to acquire them by reskilling and training existing staff.<br /> <br />&ldquo;We are well-placed to help employers meet this challenge,&rdquo; said Software Education&rsquo;s managing director, Martyn Jones. &ldquo;We currently offer a wider range of courses for those involved in software testing or in business analysis than any other training provider in the southern hemisphere.&rdquo;<br /> <br />In the analysis, requirements and design space, Software Education offers seven course titles endorsed by IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis). <br /> <br />The company&rsquo;s flagship course, Business Systems Analysis, runs approximately once a week in Australasia. Software Education also provides an online assessment tool for business analysts, &ldquo;BA Assess.&rdquo;<br /> <br />&ldquo;In addition to Business Systems Analysis, which provides a practical grounding in the subject, we offer a range of more advanced training options, depending on learners&rsquo; needs,&rdquo; Jones added. <br /> <br />Software Education also has other courses accredited by the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), which is responsible for the international qualification scheme called ISTQB Certified Tester.<br /> <br />&ldquo;We offer 12 software testing courses,&rdquo; Jones said. &ldquo;These can be used to enable learners to achieve ISTQB certification, both Foundation and Advanced.&rdquo;<br />

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