NCG Direct is the distance and online learning school for the prestigious Newcastle College Group, one of the largest training and education providers in the UK. Their mission is to offer high quality, flexible cost effective distance learning courses to both individual learners and employers.
Newcastle College group have their own Foundation Degree awarding powers and are also an accredited centre for the delivery of ILM, CILEx and PRINCE2, CIM and AAT Courses. Courses are delivered through NCG Direct’s innovative learning platform NCG Online and are supported by a team of highly experienced on-line tutors.
NCG Direct have recently launched IT Foundation Degrees and were looking for a professional qualification to offer alongside the degree as an added value employability certification. After looking at various options NCG Direct decided to partner with Prodigy Learning to offer the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification to students alongside their high quality Foundation Degree.
Rob Wraith (Programme Lead for IT, NCG Direct) said: “The College have recently been granted awarding powers for Foundation Degrees. As part of our overall commitment to offering a first class learning experience to all learners throughout the college group we wanted to offer an additional professional certification to our degree courses. We looked at various qualifications and felt that MTA offered the best enrichment activity to our students. We have worked with Prodigy Learning in other areas of the group and found the testing and learning products they supply to fit perfectly with our enrichment and employability activities.“
Andrew Lenehan (Regional Account Manager, Prodigy Learning) said: “It has been a pleasure to work with NCG Direct from the very beginning of this process. NCG Direct have shown an absolute commitment to their learners onward journey after graduation and, along with a top quality Foundation Degree awarded by Newcastle College itself, MTA will provide a springboard for graduates moving into the world of work and onwards through the Microsoft professional certification roadmap, ensuring that they can continue with lifelong learning and maximise their career earnings.”
About Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is an entry-level IT professional certification from Microsoft that covers a range of IT Infrastructure, Developer, and Database qualifications. MTA exams are based on high-demand industry career tracks and is the essential first step for any individual looking to pursue a successful career in IT.