Birmingham uni trials Linux skills exam

Students at Birmingham City University has been trialling a new entry level Linux-based qualification aimed at bridging the IT skills gap.

The university’s School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks students have been the first to try out the Linux Essentials exam aimed at promoting open source skills in the next generation of IT workers.

The course, developed along with the Linux Professional Institute will give entry level certification for Linux skills.   

The university says that the driving force behind the exam design development was to ensure a higher level of competence in computing by those entering the workplace.  Many employers have moaned about a perceived lack of adequately trained IT staff, leading to talk of a shortfall in relevant employees.

The LPI exam was developed along with the university, and will be made available throughout the rest of Europe later this year.