Friday, 6 August 2021

Firebrand Training Turns 20!






Firebrand has turned 20! Check out the following blog to hear our story and find out what our celebrations can mean for you!

Today marks Firebrand Training’s 20th anniversary - and how delighted we are to celebrate it with you all! 

We have changed names, gone through recessions, a global pandemic, years on the brink and years where we have excelled, and we are here today to say how proud we are that we have been achieving our mission to shrink the skills gap, get you certified, and accelerate your tech career.

The History of Firebrand

20 years ago today Firebrand Training was ‘Training Camp’: a simple website curated and run by our owners, Rob Chapman and Stef Capaldo, with the aspiration of certifying 100s of students in technology.

As an employee of Firebrand, part of the induction when you start is learning about its history. The moral of the story being that no matter how much pressure is coming at every angle, if you believe in the product and you enjoy and take pride in your work, you remain undefeated. 

The story goes as such:

Rob and Stef were friends with the idea of starting up a tech training centre - a business opportunity that was quite niche at the beginning of the millennia but the potential successes greatly outweighed the risks.

September 2001, the world went to a standstill as the twin towers collapsed in NYC. Stef was in New York at the time, and the instructors were due to be flown out of New York as well for delivery in the UK. 

Rob, stuck in London, couldn’t get in touch with anyone. At this point, forget all personal investments into a pipe dream, there was the real risk of losing a friend.

Luckily all were safe - Stef, his family, and the instructors that were due to fly out that day. 

But the feeling of hope, not wasting time and a real go-getter attitude never left, and remains a part of our core values here at Firebrand.
 

Where we are now

20 years later, Firebrand has certified over 100,000 students. We have branched out to the Apprenticeships world to make sure our mission of educating all has continued, as well as recently delivering the UK Government’s Skills Bootcamps Plan for Jobs scheme.

Firebrand now has training centres in DACH, BENELUX, and the Nordics. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have built-in our OIL platform (Online Instructor-Led learning) to make sure you can continue to get certified from the comfort and safety of your own home.

We are an Authorised Training Provider to leading certification bodies including Microsoft, EC-Council, Amazon Web Services (AWS), (ISC)2, CompTIA and Cisco to name a few, as well as winning accolades each year for being the Top 20 Training Company in the World.

We’re still growing, still learning, and still working towards achieving our mission of getting you certified in an accelerated fashion.
 

Where we're going next 

Over the next couple of months, we’ll be launching an array of blogs, promotions and offers in celebration of our 20 years as one of the top training providers in Europe.

Keep your eyes out for us!