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Skyscape offers work placement programmes to improve cloud skills

Skyscape Cloud Services has launched a work placement programme for up to 10 undergraduates that want to gain experience in cloud and virtualisation technologies.

The programme is open to students on sandwich degree courses that want to develop cloud skills and gain experience in the operation and development of cloud technologies.

Students on the programme will also have the opportunity to take professional examinations in order to gain VMware, EMC and Cisco qualifications. Successful candidates may also get a chance at longer term employment with the company.

"With the recent National Audit Office research revealing that there is a concerning skills shortage in the UK when it comes to information technology," said Phil Dawson, chief executive of Skyscape Cloud Services. "We think that it's extremely important to identify and develop the talent in this field, and give graduates an opportunity to work in a fast-paced, high-tech environment."

One position has already been filled by a student at Portsmouth University studying computer digital forensics. They will join the team on a one year placement.

"It's an exciting time to join Skyscape as the company is growing extremely rapidly," said Dawson. "We're really looking forward to welcoming bright undergraduates with an understanding and desire to learn more about cloud computing, and how these solutions can help to transform public sector IT procurement."

Last month it was announced that UK companies are suffering from a cloud skills shortage. According to a survey by Databarracks, 43 per cent of UK IT professionals think that their current competence in cloud implementation and management is either poor or very poor.