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Top Microsoft and Adobe Student Champions Each Win the Trip of a Lifetime to the World Championship Finals in California.

2 top UK & Ireland students use their Microsoft and Adobe Digital skills to secure trip of a lifetime to compete in the World Championship finals 2024.
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Top Microsoft and Adobe Student Champions Each Win the Trip of a Lifetime to the World Championship Finals in California.

On June 12th, Prodigy Learning announced the winners of the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and the Adobe Certified Professional (ACP) UK & Ireland Championship finals 2024 with incredibly talented students.

What are the MOS & ACP World Championships?

The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is an annual global digital skills competition (delivered locally by Prodigy Learning) involving over 760,000 students from 116 countries who compete to be the World number 1 in Microsoft’s Office software. Students aged 13 to 22 from across the UK & Ireland competed with peers to prove their Microsoft Office digital skills. The top students were invited to the final where they sat a further Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification exam to demonstrate their mastery of Office tools.

The National Championship for Adobe Certified Professionals attracts 1000s of creative design students from across the UK & Ireland each year. The top UK & Ireland finalists were invited to the final where they completed a design challenge, based on a brief from this year’s Charity Partner and client The Elephant Group, to demonstrate their mastery of the Adobe suite.

Meet the MOS & ACP UK & Ireland 2024 Champions

The level of talent and skill on display at this year’s finals was like nothing we have seen before, however there could only be one overall winner in each event!

The MOS winner was determined by the highest score in the quickest time method whilst the ACP winner’s design was chosen by a panel of judges which included The Elephant Group and a representative from Adobe. The judges selected the winning design by visual appeal, the students ability to meet the client’s requirements, brand aesthetics, and their professional usage of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications.

Prodigy Learning are delighted to announce the 2024 Champions are:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) UK & Ireland Champion – Andrew Coyne, Portlaoise CBS
  • Adobe Certified Professional (ACP) UK & Ireland Champion – David Weir, Cavan Institute

Congratulations to both Andrew & David on their fantastic achievements! Not only do they take home the coveted prize of being the UK & Ireland MOS and ACP 2024 Champions, but they have also won the opportunity to go on and compete with student from across the world in the 2024 MOS and ACP World Championship Finals in California, USA!

Value of Microsoft and Adobe Certifications

A recent study by LinkedIn and Microsoft found that candidates with LinkedIn members with a Microsoft Professional Certification on their profile are 2.4 times more likely to be hired. With 2.3 million certifications delivered annually, Microsoft Office Specialist is the world’s largest IT certification program. Microsoft Office Specialist is the only official Microsoft-recognized certification for Office globally and serves as a powerful instrument for assessing student skills and preparing students for real-world application.

Approximately 73% of organizations surveyed in the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Survey reported that creative thinking skills are a top priority for them when considering talent as we move into the future, agreeing that this skill set is increasing in relevance and importance. Earning Adobe Certified Professional Certification and being able to demonstrate creativity skills in using the Adobe tools will allow these finalists to stand out above the crowd to future employers.

What’s Next for the UK & Ireland Champions?

The road to the US begins!! Both Andrew and David are now preparing to head to Disneyland, Anaheim, California to compete on the global stage at the MOS and ACP World Championship Finals which take place from the 28th – 31st July 2024.

With 91% of hiring managers reporting certification as a criterion for hiring, it is a highlight of our year to host the student MOS and ACP Championship Finals. Digital is not going anywhere. It is only going to grow. Irrespective of which career path an individual takes, they are going to need to learn to work with digital technologies. For this reason, it is an honour to host these talented students who have earned Microsoft and Adobe certification and give them the best opportunity to stand out from a saturated job market. In addition, they have earnt the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their countries at the World Championship Finals!” said Andrew Flood (CEO, Prodigy Learning).

Congratulations to Andrew and David on incredible achievements. The journey is just beginning. We know they will each have very successful future careers.”

Published on Friday, 14 Jun 2024

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