For 2023 - we are now fully retired from IT training.
We have made many, many friends over 25 years of teaching about Python, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, Java, C and C++ - and MySQL, Linux and Solaris/SunOS too. Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own risk.
Lisa and I (Graham) now live in what was our training centre in Melksham - happy to meet with former delegates here - but do check ahead before coming round. We are far from inactive - rather, enjoying the times that we are retired but still healthy enough in mind and body to be active!
I am also active in many other area and still look after a lot of web sites - you can find an index ((here))
A new skill may not be quick and easy
I'm all for encouraging people to progess their careers, to move forward from jobs that they find boring and repetitive into something that's less of a drudge and more fun to them. Indeed, at Well House Consultants
we're in the business of equipping people with new skills, and long may it continue.
But I'm finding something vaguely disturbing about the current TV advert from LearnDirect featuring "Julie" who has been flippin Burgers for a job who seems to sail into a desk / computer job ("In IT" are the terms they use) in a plush office within a few seconds and all because she contacted Learndirect. Why do I find the advert disturbing?
Because I think it's building up false hopes in people. Some people, good for them, do find learning new skills easy and may walk, like Julie, out of a mobile burger van one month and into a skilled job the next. For others, there's a lot of hard graft and study involved. There's also a proportion of people who, even though they might aspire to an IT job, will find themselves as trying to turn from round to square pegs to fit into the high tech world when in reallity they are much better suited to other fields of work.
Yes, I know that an advert's limited in the message it can get across in 30 seconds and may present a biased view; I've just go a nagging feeling that the advert I'm describing here is more concerned to recruit more people to the learndirect scheme that to do what's best for each of those individuals.
(written 2005-02-02, updated 2006-06-05)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesG907 - Well House Consultants - Recruitment and Career Development 
The next generation of programmer - (2004-11-13) 
Finding the right holes - (2005-03-21) 
What career opportunities for web designers - (2005-04-20) 
Tough Love - (2005-07-25) 
Can an older person learn a programming language - (2005-08-10) 
10 years C# knowledge please - (2005-11-23) 
Looking for Python staff - (2006-02-01) 
Job vacancy - double agent wanted - (2006-02-02) 
I'm answering a job applicant - (2006-05-16) 
Career development advice - (2006-05-23) 
Want to be a technical trainer in the UK? - (2006-06-08) 
Watch your Google profile - (2006-06-13) 
Staff Meeting - (2006-08-30) 
Best source to learn Java (or Perl or PHP or Python) - (2008-12-28) 
LinkedIn - Thrice Asked, and joined. - (2008-12-30) 
Why most training fails ... - (2009-03-30) 
Past PHP delegates / others - coding help needed for next 3 months - (2009-06-23) 
Can you learn to program in 4 days? - (2009-07-16) 
Research is exciting. But should routine be automated? - (2011-09-14) 
How not to call when job seeking ... - (2011-10-20) 
Back to Uni - (2012-01-26) 
Looking and Learning - even on Holiday - (2012-05-22)
Some other Articles
Searching for numbers0870 telephone numbersTips for the topPost course support - part of the serviceA new skill may not be quick and easyAllow for peak traffic on your web siteAn Open Source course on the Channel IslandsCustomer service - examples to warn usPublished PhotographerThe wrong MySQL
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