Cyber expert joins Gloucestershire College’s team of tech trainers

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Gloucestershire College (GC) is delighted to have welcomed Madhu Khurana to it’s growing Cyber and IT apprenticeship team as a Trainer Assessor. An expert in her field, Madhu has three Masters Degrees specialising in ‘Cyber Laws and Cyber Security’ and most recently, ‘Applied Cyber Security’ from Queen’s University Belfast. Madhu has been teaching Information Technology for more than two decades at University Level.

Madhu joins the outstanding team of cyber professionals already in place at the College, consisting of Andrew Cracknell, Bob Higgie, Emma Littlefair and Len Shand who collectively deliver GC’s IT and Cyber apprenticeships: Infrastructure Technician, Software Tester, Software Developer Technician, Software Developer, Network Engineer, Cyber Security Technician and Cyber Security Degree.

Between them, they hold an impressive range of qualifications, including degrees in Computer Games and Production, Computer Forensics, Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Ecommerce, as well as HNDs in Digital Electronics and Digital Information Systems, CompTIA, A+ Network and ITIL Foundations.

The team are all passionate about the programmes they deliver and are constantly developing their own knowledge so they remain at the cutting edge of the computing industry.

Bob shared, “The apprenticeship standards that we deliver are relevant to current technologies and meet the businesses’ needs. I really enjoy the degree of flexibility we have to deliver training, as the standards allow us to tailor programmes to meet employers’ needs. For example, we could have four Software Developers on the programme all learning different programming languages such as Java Script, C#, Visual Basic. NET and Python depending on what they need with their role.”

Each of the College’s IT Trainer Assessors has a different background, providing a wealth of experience across different industry sectors.

Andrew commented, “Bob has industry experience in product development and Len spent over 26 years working in telecommunications and electronics fields, whereas my professional background is in consumer electronics retail. Plus, I developed games alongside studying for my BSc at Staffordshire University. Our range of experience means that we possess a variety of specialisms; I focus on Networking, which involves how computers and mobile devices talk to each other.”

Madhu added “The current onslaughts on public domain data from sophisticated cyber-attacks pushed me to pursue my further studies in cyber security. I am incredibly pleased to have joined Gloucestershire College in a role where I can impart the knowledge I have developed to the next generation, so that they can practically implement the corrective measures needed and build their careers in this budding field of cyber. I’m excited to be part of the team delivering the college’s Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship which has been validated by the prestigious University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).”

At GC, apprenticeship training is delivered both in College and the workplace. Apprentices complete their apprenticeships with not only recognised professional qualifications but also valuable industry knowledge, skills and behaviours that they can implement in the workplace. The apprenticeship programmes are suitable for school leavers who are starting their career in IT as well as current employees who want to upskill.

Len remarked, “We have taught apprentices from 18 years old up to their mid-thirties; these programmes are suitable for all ages. We guide the employer and the apprentices to achieve a specific goal or competency. As well as delivering industry standard qualifications, the training also develops apprentices’ soft skills such as effective communication with customers, suppliers and stakeholders. We see a big development in general responsibility and confidence throughout the programmes.”

To discover more about IT and Cyber apprenticeships and how they can help you develop the tech skills your business needs in-house, visit: gloscol.ac.uk/IT-apprenticeships or call the GC Business Hub team on: 01452 563400.

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