Coventry company wins national accolade

An award-winning education and training company based in Coventry has secured another accolade for the high standard of its work.
PET-Xi Training in Westwood Business Park is among only 19 organisations in the UK and Ireland to have been presented with an Outstanding Centre of Excellence from Prodigy Learning, which is licensed by Microsoft as its education global training partner.

The plaques are only awarded to centres that deliver a high volume of certifications with an outstanding record of success.

Andrew Flood, CEO of Prodigy Learning (left) with Navjot Johal, Head of Operations at PET-Xi Training
Andrew Flood, CEO of Prodigy Learning (left) with Navjot Johal, Head of Operations at PET-Xi Training

PET-Xi Training runs the Microsoft Office Specialist programmes in three different markets – schools, business and vocational – which teach and accredit highly-employable IT skills in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

This award is for its work with Year 11 students since 4,000 pupils across the UK have received the certificates with a 95 per cent pass rate.

PET-Xi Training has joined only a handful of organisations in the UK to have been awarded Outstanding Centre of Excellence status including Coventry University and Sheffield Hallam University.

Navjot Johal, Head of Operations at PET-Xi Training, said it had been a complete surprise to hear the news at the Cert Matters Live! event at The Design Museum in London.

“We are really proud to have been chosen to be an Outstanding Centre of Excellence,” he said.

“We have been holding these courses since July 2017 and we are different to other organisations in this category since we have been honoured for the work we do with 15 and 16-year-olds since most of the others are in the higher education sector.

“We run the Microsoft Office Specialist programmes in schools throughout the UK which gives pupils the opportunity to combine an internationally recognised business certification with an academic Level 2 qualification in IT User Skills. Students are making themselves more employable by standing out from the crowd and showing they have business ready skills to offer.

“Microsoft judge their centres as Centres of Excellence or Outstanding Centres of Excellence and to have received the latter accolade only 11 months after starting to deliver the courses is a tremendous reflection of all the hard work, skill and commitment of our trainers.

“This is an area of PET-Xi Training that we wish to further expand because passing the programme is increasing the employability of students as well as reducing the skills gap.”

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