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Strode College partners with software giant Red Hat Academy

Strode College’s T Level digital courses now have a learning partner to enhance the curriculum giving students a hands-on experience with cloud apps.

Strode students will be at the cutting edge of the cloud computing revolution thanks to the link up with Red Hat Academy, which will offer comprehensive curriculum, hands-on instruction, immersive labs and performance-based testing.

Strode students will be part of the next generation of IT talent with free access to a range of Red Hat’s training courses and certification exams.

Paul Taylor, the college’s Digital Sector Lead, said: Strode College has been successful as one of the few FE colleges that are now a Red Hat Academy. This relationship will give Strode students access to industry-based qualifications that are greatly sought after and prepare them well for whatever the next step takes them. Red Hat is also supporting Strode with technical support, guidance, workshops and mentoring.”

This partnership will prepare students with real life-skills ready for the workforce. T Levels require for students to undertake a minimum of 45 working days in the field. The aim is for students to learn the foundation skills necessary to embark on diverse technology topics and close the gap between the skills employers require and what students can supply.

The courses focus on designing, implementing, and testing software. It teaches students how to create solutions in a collaborative environment. It also covers applying ethical principles, managing risks in line with legal and regulatory requirements when developing software.

Once students are trained with the new technologies their possibilities expand to work in many more fields, including as software engineers, data analysts, data scientists or business intelligence developers in sought-after industries such as cloud-based technologies, gaming technologies or cyber security.

As the nation suffers from a shortage of IT professionals, training students with the right skills is essential. Strode College’s partnership with Red Hat Academy enriches their curriculum and helps students reach their academic and career potential.

Strode College offers two digital T Level courses: a digital production, design and development course and a digital data management course. For more information visit

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