Enterprise Linux solutions provider, SUSE South Africa, has entered into a strategic partnership with CTU Training Solutions that will see the institution provide training based on the current SUSE certification programme.

This includes Certified Linux Administrator, Professional, and Expert levels, as well as advanced technical tracks such as for SUSE’s private cloud IaaS-solution SUSE OpenStack Cloud, the comprehensive Linux server management solution SUSE Manager, and the software based storage solution SUSE Enterprise Storage. Additionally, CTU will offer new SUSE courses and updated versions of existing programmes as they become available throughout its network in South Africa.

“With the country experiencing an increased demand for open source skills, this partnership with CTU, who is known as a provider with a refreshing approaching to training services, could not have come at a better time. CTU will not only provide corporate training services, but also assist in the development of skills at a grassroots level,” says Matthew Lee, regional manager for Africa at SUSE.

Rhynier de Klerk, corporate director at CTU agrees. “Following the successful opening of our Sandton training facility, we are proud to work closely with SUSE on an innovative training programme that provides real value to our students eager to pursue a career in ICT. Open source continues to be one of the most widely adopted technology platforms. Empowering our students with the knowledge they need to become employable in a competitive job market or by developing their current expertise – through this partnership – is incredibly exciting,” he says.

Lee believes the way CTU approaches its training was key in identifying the institution as a partner.

“Having someone like CTU that offers both grassroots and corporate training mean the open source skills base in the country can be grown more effectively. CTU also has an extensive presence throughout South Africa so we can maximise the exposure students have to our certification programmes,” says Lee.