Training - transformation, learning and up skilling

by Alison Aldred

Training is the essence of transformation, learning and up skilling. At Catalyst, this couldn’t be more true. Since 2013, Catalyst have offered training courses in open source technology – we have been helping both internal staff and external people to increase their knowledge on everything open source. From offering a few courses like the ever popular Git, Drupal Site Builders and PostgreSQL Admin, we have expanded our course range and now have over 30 courses we are able to offer including, Web Accessibility, Docker, Puppet, Python and Agile courses many from introduction through to advanced level. This training will encourage people to use open source software (if not already doing so) and one by one the transformation from proprietary software to open source software takes place. Great result!

It was quickly noted that the success of the Wellington based courses could be expanded and so we opened up training facilities in both our Auckland and Christchurch offices, along with in our Catalyst Australia offices in Sydney and Melbourne.

Our courses appeal to a wide range of people and are open to anyone. We get a range of participants including individuals wanting to up skill, students needing another technology and other IT companies wanting to increase their staff knowledge. We also ensure that our courses are available to Catalyst staff because to up skill our own employees is crucial to the success of our business.

At Catalyst, we do not have full time trainers – instead, our trainers are working with the products they teach on a regular basis in real situations. They come equipped with real life examples and knowledge that only actual users would know. Their enthusiasm for anything 'open source' shines through in the way they teach. They are not only extremely knowledgeable, but they are passionate and inspiring; a strength held by all of the best teachers.

The course sizes are limited which ensures there is time for questions and learning to take place. There is ample time to learn about the software and to use it in a test capacity. We can also offer tailored client specific courses, great if you have a team you want trained in one go.

Our 2 day Agile Primer courses have recently become certified by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) and attendees will receive the International Consortium for Agile Certified Professional certification (ICAgile ICP).

For more information on the training that we offer at Catalyst, jump over to our training page or see view the upcoming training courses. Whether you are striving to learn something completely new or are you wanting to brush up on skills you already have, with Catalyst's experienced tutors and portfolio of courses, we can help you achieve your IT focused goals.