Press Release

Microsoft and Aptech forge strategic alliance to meet the growing demand for IT skills

Mumbai, February 15, 2011: Aptech Limited, a global leader in learning solutions for developing IT talent, has today announced a strategic level global engagement with Microsoft Corporation Pvt. Ltd. Aptech, with this new engagement, would be able to integrate the licensed Microsoft educational content to Aptech curriculum for assisting aspiring students in IT, IT professionals, software developers, businesses, and others, to gain skills and certifications on industry relevant Microsoft technologies and products. With Aptech’s leadership in other world markets, this alliance would not only benefit India, but would also help in penetrating deeper into other emerging global markets like Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Africa, etc.

Alison Cunard, General Manager, Microsoft Learning, said, “Today technology advancements are progressing at a rapid pace, creating an exploding demand of IT professionals globally. A partnership that combines course content from Microsoft Learning and structured learning methodologies in the network of Aptech centres, will, we believe, go a long way in addressing this demand. Skill development is a key focus are for us at Microsoft, and we are pleased to collaborate with Aptech to deliver very tangible results.”

“With India emerging in the next two decades as the largest young and working population worldwide, India is naturally poised to emerge as the largest talent pool for IT, globally. In the current scenario, India is taking rapid strides in IT education & creation of job opportunities. At Aptech, we see a huge demand for certified and skilled IT Workforce meeting the highest world standards catering to this growing IT manpower shortage. This partnership with Microsoft is significant in delivering cutting edge Microsoft technologies to IT aspirants and would help Aptech retain its competitive edge, globally.” said, Mr. Ninad Karpe, CEO & MD Aptech Ltd.

With this prestigious partnership with Microsoft, Aptech Computer Education ’ flagship career programs like ACCP, Smart Professional, etc will now have the latest Microsoft Technology Learning Content integrated into their course offering and hence lead to valuable Microsoft Certifications recognized globally.

To focus on catering to the huge and growing demand of IT-Infrastructure Management Professionals world over, Aptech’s has their specialized training arm in Hardware and Networking called N-Power., . This alliance would also benefit these training centres by having the latest Microsoft technologies like Windows Server 2008, Vista, Microsoft Exchange Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Microsoft Virtualization and Microsoft Certifications which would be available to students enhancing employability and making them industry ready.

The new integrated programs would now be available in across 300+ Aptech Computer Education centres and over 60+ N-Power Centres in the country. Aptech would also be introducing this program in over 200+ training centres in other countries in a phased manner.

Aptech and Microsoft with this partnership intends to train and certify over 1, 50,000 students by 2015 on leading Microsoft technologies. Both the companies through this partnership intend to reach out to other global markets and work closely to penetrate a larger audience through collaborative engagements.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About Aptech Ltd.

Aptech commenced its IT education & training business in 1986 and has trained over 6 million students – globally. Aptech is an ISO 9001:2008 organization and the first IT Training and Education company to get this certification for Education Support Services in 1993.

Aptech is a Learning Solutions company with two main streams of businesses – Individual training and Corporate Learning Services. Under Individual Training, Aptech offers career and professional training in IT (Aptech Computer Education), Animation & Multimedia (Arena Animation); Certified Hardware & Networking Training (N-Power) and Aviation & Hospitality Training (Avalon Academy).

Corporate Learning Services includes Content Development (Aptech Learning Services) & Training & Assessment Solutions for Corporates & Institutions (Aptech Training Solutions & ATTEST).

For further media details contact:

Aptech Ltd
Shrutidhar Paliwal
Vice President & Head - Corporate Communications
Aptech Ltd.
Phone: (0) 9820120477
Email: shrutidharp@aptech.ac.in

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