Today at the BETT Show, PET-Xi and Prodigy Learning announce a strategic partnership to deliver Microsoft Office Specialist training and certification in schools and business in UK. PET-Xi to train and certify 10,000 school children in first year alone.
Coventry-based PET-Xi, leading providers of motivational and inspirational results-based educational training programmes for young people, has signed a strategic partnership with Prodigy Learning, award-winning specialists in IT learning and certification solutions, to run Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) training and certification at schools and businesses throughout the UK.
MOS qualifications improve
employability for students and productivity for employees by validating
their skills in Excel, Word and Powerpoint, which helps them to progress
towards their career goals.
Operating as Prodigy Learning’s strategic delivery partner, PET-Xi will train 10,000 school children in the first year alone, as well as also delivering MOS qualifications to the business market.
“We are absolutely delighted to be working with Prodigy Learning,” said Fleur Sexton (Joint Managing Director Pet-Xi. “Our businesses are a natural fit – we have over 20 years experience in working in schools all over England and Wales and, more recently, in supporting young people and employers via our Traineeship and Apprenticeship programmes.”
“We’re looking forward to delivering these prestigious, globally-recognised MOS qualifications with our usual flair and pizzazz – we always train using a high energy, engagement-led approach. The ‘Xi’ in our name represents our focus around ‘explosive inspiration’ which is the key aspect of every course we run – that moment of “Ah, I get it now!” And we’ll use the same techniques for businesses – delivering it to get interaction from learners and staff, rather than the more typical approach of a lone trainer preaching from the front of the room or the impersonal feel of online training!”
MOS certification is important because it is a valuable, vocational qualification used by employers to validate the proficiency of their employees in computing skills. Over 40 of the PET-Xi team in Coventry have already been put through their paces, taking the MOS qualifications themselves to experience being a consumer of the training and certification, achieving great results.
“We are pleased to have appointed such a high-profile academic partner to deliver MOS at scale,” said Andrew Flood (CEO, Prodigy Learning). “With their established record in the schools market, including success as a high volume deliverer of intensive, results-based courses, PET-Xi are ideally positioned to work as our strategic partner, providing ‘in-classroom’ training for MOS.”
PET-Xi are set up to deliver training of the whole MOS Office Suite to KS4 learners across the UK. Learners who take part will achieve a GCSE A* to C equivalent for this vocational qualification.
PET-Xi will also train on individual aspects for employers who may want to target courses and employees more specifically to enable real continuous professional development with tangible results and impact on productivity and ROI in the workplace.
Established in 1995, PET-Xi is a nationally renowned education training provider, working with hundreds of schools across the UK to deliver a portfolio of intensive, immersive, motivational and inspirational interventions that have a positive impact on learner progress – from primary to GCSEs and beyond. Each one is carefully structured to achieve optimal learning.
The company has highly qualified teaching and support staff who are skilled and experienced at raising aspirations and meeting both the academic and pastoral needs of young people, including those with challenging behaviour. Working with a range of key stakeholders, including schools, further education colleges and local authorities in community and urban settings, PET-Xi contributes significantly to their organisational targets for retention, achievement and success of young people.