Firebrand Lottery Offers Winner Free Tech Training For Life

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Training worth over £1m could be yours – with a little help from your friends

Training firm Firebrand is running a lottery: the prize is a lifetime’s worth of free training (which apparently could add up to more than £1 million in value) and the draw has a pyramid-like twist.

Firebrand offers training in major areas, such as networking and security, in technology from the likes of Cisco, Google and Microsoft, along with partners such as ISC and ISACA.

Help from your friends

To enter the draw, sign up at Firebrand.  Here’s where the clever bit comes in: when you enter, your get a personalised URL for the competition to share with your friends. For every one who enters, an extra entry goes in on your behalf, increasing your chances.

There is plenty of time to enter – the closing date is midnight on 1 September 2013, and the winner will be announced, rather ominously, at 13:13 on Friday 13 September, 2013.

The firm reckons a keen learner who wins while aged 25, could clock up £15,000 a year of training, and retire as the world’s best qualified IT staffer  in 40 years’ time – having used £1 million of training (assuming inflation is 2.5 percent).

The UK’s skills shortage is serious – and has been cited as a danger to national security, and a concern for the Department for Education. While organisations like to have skilled staff on their books, many are reluctant to stump up the costs, in money and staff time, for employees to acquire better skills.

 

This first appeared on TechWeekEurope UK. Read the whole story here.