Microsoft Office is No.3 in the Top 10 Most Sought-after Employability Skills according to a recent IDC Study. Mouse Training London, a leading IT Training provider in the UK wanted to meet the growing demand from its customers to offer official Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification that is recognised and respected by industry. Microsoft MOS Certification was embedded when Michael Holford, Managing Director, Mouse Training London recognised the challenge many companies faced of a gap in validating new recruits’ skills and expertise in Microsoft tools.
Mouse Training London initially offered MOS Certification Exam Packs at its testing centre. The company then realised its role in preparing students for certification was much more important to ensure candidates digital skills matched those demanded by employers. To deliver on this role Mouse Training London embedded a full comprehensive MOS Certification program and has since seen pass rates greatly improve.
Benefits of MOS Certification to Test Centre Candidates
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification is a formal qualification that makes Mouse Training London’s students stand out as valuable and knowledgeable individuals. Embedding the MOS Certification program is the best way for candidates to develop the crucial digital skills required by today’s employers and to prove competency and efficiency in using the software tools that businesses need workers to use daily.
Michael Holford, Managing Director, Mouse Training London said, “Proving competency with Microsoft software is becoming more relevant than ever, as many employers are doing job interviews virtually and reducing the onboarding time for new hires. Mouse Training London is delighted to offer the cachet of a leading IT vendor like Microsoft which draws learners from all walks of life enabling them with the skills to stand out from the crowd and offer a recognised proof of their competence.”
Jonathan Cody, Senior Account Manager, Prodigy Learning added, “It has been a great pleasure to work with Mouse Training London over the past few years to embed the Microsoft MOS Certification Program. This adds great value and enables Mouse Training London to remain a leading IT Training Provider, helping organisation’s get the most out of technology investment and improve both efficiency and productivity. MOS Certification develops employee’s proficiency and accelerates new Microsoft technology deployments by reducing downtime.”
Solving the lack of Digitally Skills for Employers
‘The credentialization of workplace skills is a growing phenomenon today’ commented Michael Holford, Managing Director, Mouse Training London. ‘And rightly so, would you let an unqualified vet operate on your cat? MOS Certification offers candidates the opportunity to prove to employers that they have been recognised by a leading vendor as having skills in these areas.’
Certification proves candidates have a fantastic work ethic, the ability to focus on developing valuable skills and achieving globally, industry-recognised Certification. Exam takers are doers and achievers, certification is the validation of their endeavour. Having certified employees to a company increases overall productivity and ensures the company has the relevant digital skills to remain competitive.
Certification to Secure Senior Position in Leading Supermarket Chain
Mouse Training London has seen many examples where having MOS Certification on CV’s and LinkedIn professional profiles has certainly helped candidates in securing employment. Pre-Covid, one of its students travelled from Birmingham to its London centre five Saturdays in a row to gain his MOS Expert Certification. A few weeks later, he was appointed to a senior position at a major national supermarket chain. Most of Mouse Training’s candidates who are already in employment report MOS qualification boosts their confidence, improves productivity, and can lead to increase in salary in comparison to non-certified peers.
Digital Badging to Prove Skills to Employers Globally
Successful MOS candidates value their industry-recognised digital badges as they can display their achievement online, using LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to employers around the world. For employers, knowing the digital badges link through to a trusted source and are verified officially by Microsoft, gives confidence that the candidate has the required skills.
Earning Microsoft Certification at Home during Global Pandemic
In these challenging times, and to comply with social distancing regulations Mouse Training London has had to limit attendance at its testing centre. The Exams from Home Certification Solution has proved to be enormously popular and enabled its candidates to continue to prove industry-demanded skills, at home. In fact, Mouse Training London are hosting more certifications online compared to the corresponding period last year when candidates had to physically attend the training centre.
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About Prodigy Learning
Prodigy Learning is an award-winning global EdTech business, providing innovative online platforms that enable learners to develop and prove their skills. These solutions range from skills assessments in education through to job-ready digital skills certifications from IT industry leaders including Adobe, Autodesk and Microsoft. The Company was established in 2000 and now has offices in Dublin, Ireland, London, UK, Sydney, Australia and New York, United States. Prodigy Learning has worked closely with Microsoft since incorporation in 2000. The Company is a Microsoft Gold Application Development Partner and a Global Training Partner of Microsoft in Education. To learn more, visit www.prodigylearning.com.