BARNSLEY College has become the first college in the country to offer an new course for aspiring IT professionals.

Extreme Academy Live, will teach tech students about networking, security, and cloud fundamentals, as well as machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Students who complete the courses can earn key accreditations and certifications, including an Extreme Networks Associate-level qualification.

By completing the programme, the students will not only be fully trained to use Extreme Networks’ technology but will also have the ability to use their transferable skills earned on other equipment.

Azhar Iqbal, director of IT, said: “With the past year seeing the acceleration of digital transformation for businesses across the world, we recognise just how important it is to continue providing our students with access to advanced technology training so that they can succeed in the future job market.

“Having already added an Extreme Academy classroom in our SciTech Digital Innovation Hub, we are now actively encouraging our students to look to Extreme’s new initiative, Extreme Academy Live, so they can receive additional industry certification to further develop their networking skills.”