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Skillspride - has anyone used them?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by wongy, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. wongy

    wongy New Member

    Hi everyone, first post here :D

    Apologies if this is not in the right section, but I am interested in building up my skills and CV. I currently am in a generic role with a large banking group and would like to develop my career into something more specialised. Ultimately working towards databases, BA or Project Analyst roles.

    To keep this short, I have been looking for suitable training courses - my first port of call has been two SQL courses (entry level and the next one) at my local college, I will be finding out more about those tomorrow.

    I came across http://www.skillspride.com which has the option of registering for 12 months for 99 pounds opening up access to a great deal of training courses which I could learn at my own pace. It has links with the UK Directgov website.

    I was wondering if anyone has had any experience of this company, or if anyone has used a similar training method.

    Finally the most important question (or questions - please bear with me!): Would using this method of training to build my skills have a positive effect on my CV? Ideally I would use the site to build up my skills with Access, Excel, SQL, etc and then perhaps look at going for one of the microsoft certifications. Would I be wasting my time with this subscritioon-based website?

    Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thank you for your time.

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  2. Boycie
    Honorary Member

    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    Welcome aboard.
    Never heard of them until now. Be interested to hear what you think of their material if you try before you buy.
    Keep us posted!
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  3. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

    Never heard of them but maybe a bit of googling on them might bring something up. Hope I'm wrong but for £99 I wouldn't keep your hopes up on the material but if you can try before you buy you have nothing to loose.
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP | MCDST | MCTS: Hyper-V | MCTS: AD | MCTS: Exchange 2007 | MCTS: Windows 7 | MCSA: 2003 | ITIL Foundation v3 | CCA: Xenapp 5.0 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7
    WIP: Online SAN Overview, VCP in December 2011
  4. UKDarkstar
    Honorary Member

    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

    vtc.com do a similar type of thing. Some courses are a bit it and miss; others very good.

    Be wary of the so-called "government link" - doesn't really mean anything. Also, any certificates you get will probably be "course completion" types generated once you have been through a course. These are not likely to carry much weight with an employer.
    Certifications: BA (Hons), MBCS, CITP, MInstLM, ITIL v3 Fdn, PTLLS, CELTA
    WIP: CMALT (about to submit), DTLLS (on hold until 2012)

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