Monday, 23 November 2020

Your Guide to Microsoft Digital Skills Week

by Ben Jermy Author

Microsoft Digital Skills Week kicks off on Monday the 23rd of November. Read this blog to get an insight into the week, what's going on and how you can get involved. Plus, learn how it ties in with our incredible FastPass deal!

Microsoft Digital Skills Week is a week jam-packed full of online keynotes and learning aimed at organisation leaders, developers and IT pros, education professionals, students and job seekers.

From Monday 23rd November to Friday 27th November, the week has a strong focus on driving inclusive sustainable growth and empowering professionals to build careers in technology, values we at Firebrand believe in wholeheartedly.

The week is hosted entirely online and is completely free, as part of Microsoft’s initiative to bring digital skills to 25 million people worldwide by the end of the year. 

Firebrand and Microsoft


Firebrand are a Microsoft Gold Partner for Learning and offer over 1000+ accelerated Microsoft courses.

In support of Microsoft’s initiative, from now until March 31st 2021, Firebrand are offering unlimited Microsoft courses for just £6000 through our FastPass Bundle.

Through Firebrand, you’ll get access to official exams, Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOCs) and learn from Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs).

Keep reading to see the agenda for the Digital Skills Week and click the links if you wish to sign up!

Organisation Leaders


These Keynotes will be of interest to organisation leaders who are eager to prepare for the new world of work and learn about the paths and opportunities to help drive sustainable growth.

Keynotes:

1. Closing the UK's digital skills gap and driving sustainable growth

Industry leaders discuss the steps we can take to shorten the global skills gap, the importance of empowering workforces to build their careers, and driving inclusive, sustainable, business growth.
  • When: Monday 23rd November, 10:00am - 11:00am (BST) - Register


2. Data Literacy: The key to becoming an insight-driven organisation

Chief Learning Officer Simon Lambert highlights new Microsoft data surrounding the UK skills gap followed by Jennifer Belissent PhD, Principal Analyst at Forrester, who will give an insight into Forrester’s A-C-E-S framework.
  • When: Thursday 26th November, 10:00am - 10:45am (BST) - Register 


3. Creating new approaches to building technical talent

A panel of industry leaders discusses the importance of investing in technical skills and new approaches to building technical talent.
  • When: Friday 27th November, 13:50pm - 14:50pm (BST) - Register 


Live Training Opportunities

  • Work Better Together with Microsoft teams for business
    • When: Monday 23rd November, 15:30 - 16:30 (BST)- Register
  • Get to know Microsoft 365 for business
    • When: Wednesday 25th November, 15:30 - 16:30 (BST) - Register
  • Learn to use Power BI to create business insights and data visualisation
    • When: Friday 27th November, 15:30 - 16:30 (BST) - Register

 

Developers and IT Professionals


The following keynotes and live training will be of interest if you are a developer or IT professional wishing to develop your career, innovate, and grow your AI skills.

Keynotes:

1. Closing the UK's digital skills gap and driving sustainable growth

Industry Leaders discuss the steps we can take to shorten the global skills gap, the importance of empowering workforces to build their careers, and driving inclusive, sustainable, business growth.
  • When: Monday 23rd November, 10:00am - 11:00am (BST) - Register 

 

2. AI Technical Skills: What's it really like working in AI?

Intrigued by AI and the opportunities it presents? This one is for you! The speakers will discuss all things AI and you’ll get the chance to ask the speakers questions at the end.
  • When: Wednesday 25th November, 10:00am - 10:45am (BST) - Register

 

Live Training Opportunities

  • Azure: Modernising Web Applications Data - Day 1
    • When: Monday 23rd November, 10:00am - 13:10pm (BST) - Register
  • Azure Intelligent Decision making through Modern Data Warehousing
    • When: Monday 23rd November, 10:00am - 14:00pm (BST) - Register
  • Azure: Modernising Web Applications - Day 2
    • When: Tuesday 24th November, 10:00am - 12:15pm (BST) - Register
  • Microsoft Tech Days: A Developer's Guide to AI
    • When: Tuesday 24th November, 12.30pm - 15.30pm (BST) - Register
  • Power Platform: Fundamentals
    • When: Thursday 26th November, 10:00am - 13:25pm (BST) - Register
  • Cloud Skills Show

 

Education Professionals

These keynotes and live training are ideal for education professionals wanting to ensure their teaching is in line with the future skills requirements necessary for the workplace of the future.

Keynotes:

1. Closing the UK's digital skills gap and driving sustainable growth

Industry Leaders discuss the steps we can take to shorten the global skills gap, the importance of empowering workforces to build their careers, and driving inclusive, sustainable, business growth.
  • When: Monday 23rd November, 10:00am - 11:00am (BST) - Register 


2. Transforming education to prepare the next generation of workers

Director of Education Chris Rothwell talks and two Microsoft customers talk about the ongoing work with educational institutions and how it’s helping shape the future.
  • When: Tuesday 24th November, 10:00am - 10:45am (BST) - Register 

 

Live Training Opportunities

  • Inspiring the first AI generation - for Professors and Business Decision Makers
    • When: Tuesday 24th November, 15:00 - 16:00 (BST) - Register
  • Showcase School Insight Day
    • When: Wednesday 25th November, 15:30 - 17:30 (BST) - Register

 

Students

Calling all students! the following keynotes and live training will help you prepare for your future career, build new skills and learn new concepts surrounding the IT industry.

Keynotes:


1. Introduction to AI Business School for Students

An introduction to the Microsoft AI Business School course and how it could help you get ahead of the game and gain AI-ready skills.
  • When: Friday 27th November, 11:00am - 12:00pm (BST) - Register 

 

Live Training Opportunities

  • Make your CV stand out with CV assistant
    • When: Monday 23rd November, 15:30pm - 16:00pm (BST) - Register
  • Student Opportunities with Microsoft
    • When: Tuesday 24th November, 15:00pm - 15:45pm (BST) - Register
  • How to prepare for job interviews
    • When: Tuesday 24th November, 15:30pm - 16:00pm (BST) - Register
  • Build career skills with Office 365
    • When: Wednesday 25th November, 12:30pm - 13:30pm (BST) - Register
  • Inspiring the first AI generation - for Students
    • When:Wednesday 25th November, 13:00pm - 14:00pm (BST) - Register
  • Microsoft and Adobe Education Series
    • When: Thursday 26th November, 15:00pm - 17:00pm (BST) - Register
  • Power Platform: Fundamentals
    • When: Thursday 26th November, 10:00am - 13:25pm (BST) - Register
  • 10 ways to improve your LinkedIn profile for job seekers
    • When: Thursday 26th November, 14:00pm - 14:30pm (BST) - Register
  • Learn relevant skills for jobs in demand
    • When: Friday 27th November, 13:30pm - 14:30pm (BST) - Register

 

Job Seekers


The following live training opportunities are ideal for current job seekers, they will help you prepare and learn to target in-demand job roles and shape your future.

Live Training Opportunities

  • Make your CV stand out with CV assistant
    • When: Monday 23rd November, 15:30pm - 16:00pm (BST) - Register
  • How to prepare for job interviews
    • When: Tuesday 24th November, 15:30pm - 16:00pm (BST) - Register
  • Build career skills with Office 365
    • When: Wednesday 25th November, 12:30pm - 13:30pm (BST) - Register
  • 10 ways to improve your LinkedIn profile for job seekers
    • When: Thursday 26th November, 14:00pm - 14:30pm (BST) - Register
  • Learn relevant skills for jobs in demand
    • When: Friday 27th November, 13:30pm - 14:30pm (BST) - Register


Get Microsoft Certified


There are several amazing free opportunities on offer, it’s hard to know where to start! If you have any further questions, you can check the full itinerary for the week, directly on the Digitals Skills Week site.

Once you have done your own research into which Microsoft courses and certifications suit your career pathway best, 
get in touch with us at Firebrand to see how we could help you get Microsoft certified. 


As a Microsoft Gold Partner for Learning, through Firebrand you’ll get access to Microsoft Official Curriculums (MOCs), Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs), and official exams. Through our current Microsoft promotion - FastPass Bundle - you’ll also be able to get certified for just £6000.