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The GDPA Microsoft Imagine Academy

Microsoft is a global and well respected brand and offers many opportunities for individuals to develop skills and experience in the IT arena. The joint partnership will empower individuals to develop modern skills, including communication, collaboration, problem solving and global awareness enabling more opportunity to enter, and stay in sustainable employment.

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Microsoft’s mission

to create immersive and inclusive experiences that inspire lifelong learning, stimulating development of essential life skills and supporting teachers in guiding and nurturing student passions. We empower students and teachers to create and share in entirely new ways, to teach and learn through exploration, to adapt to individual learning needs, so they can make, design, invent and build with technology.

MOS Qualifications for business

As with any certificate, Microsoft provides you with certificates when you successfully pass their exams online. A certificate can be in a particular software or a set of software as explained above. In some cases, Microsoft provides certificates for entire processes that are performed at offices. An example could be Office Automation that includes knowledge of Windows Operating System, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and some knowledge of Windows networking. Thus, if you have a certificate, it is proof that you mastered the skills related to the certificates.

MOS Qualifications for individuals

For unemployed / benefits:

With a certificate, your value increases when you apply for jobs. According to Microsoft your chances of getting hired increases 5 times because Microsoft Office skills are required more than the experience of non-Microsoft similar products.

Microsoft says the future’s high wage, high growth industry requires knowledge of Microsoft Office and companies would want to hire the best for such jobs. According to Microsoft, 86% of hiring managers indicate that they prefer job applicants having an IT certificate. And Microsoft certification is a preference over some unknown computer training institutes’ certificates.

Microsoft offers training material for many of its software. Based on these training materials, Microsoft offers certificates if you pass their exams. In fact, the exams are provided by Microsoft Partner companies and certificates are issued by Microsoft to the fact that you passed a particular exam for a specific or group of products.

Microsoft Certified Professionals form a unique community with Microsoft as its hub. Individuals can take advantage of the networking and professional growth opportunities, which, according to the research, is a much more poignant aspect of the value of certification that was previously envisioned. Microsoft also recognizes that the community is an important way to engage with its customer base. You can read more about the value of Microsoft Certifications.

For senior citizens:

The life of a senior citizen can be enhanced with digital literacy. Our experience has shown that senior citizens often feel isolated from families and friends and want to expand their digital literacy skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office Qualifications. All senior citizens can expand them knowledge and skills when faced with life-centred learning objectives and self-directed learning to communicate through surfing the net, email, and data entry e.g. MOS Qualifications.

“Technology is everywhere. There is a need to provide appropriate business software and technology skills necessary in everyday life, whether it is basic computer skills or advanced technical skills. Almost every job today requires some form of technology skills.”

 

There are three pathways to success:

PRODUCTIVITY
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification validates mastery of Microsoft Office skills that are valuable demonstrating productivity in a wide range of jobs and other life pursuits. Earning MOS certification proves the ability to use Office applications for on the job needs and provides valuable distinction to help students enter higher education or the workforce. Earning an MTA certification is recommended but not required to pursue higher technology certifications.
IT INFRASTRUCTURE

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification validates understanding of basic technology concepts in software development and information technology. Earning MTA certification proves a foundation of knowledge about technology along with the capability and commitment to do entry-level IT jobs. Becoming a Microsoft Technology Associate can give a strong base to support further learning in computer science or IT infrastructure.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification validates mastery of the core technical skills required to build a sustainable career. Earning an MCSA certification enables students to develop a professional competency in a classroom setting. Pursuing an MCSA certification is recommended for those with access to hands-on practical experience and a foundation of core knowledge about information technology. An MCSA certification is required in order to become an MCSE.

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification validates understanding of basic technology concepts in software development and information technology. Earning MTA certification proves a foundation of knowledge about technology along with the capability and commitment to do entry-level IT jobs. Becoming a Microsoft Technology Associate can gives a strong base to support further learning in computer science or IT infrastructure.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification is recommended for professionals or students in a 4-year academic program. The MCSD builds off the MTA certifications for computer science. Earning MCSD certification while in school enables students to acquire job-like software development experience in a classroom setting. Becoming an MCSD will prepare students to be competitive for mid-level software development jobs.

GDPA is also Working Collaboratively with other key Stakeholders on


• NEETS
• Single Parents
• Ex Offenders
• Unemployed

To give them Digital Skills to support them back into the workplace

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