Welcome to Future Ready. A community of tech professionals united by their commitment to learning new skills. The community aims to bring like-minded people together, celebrate the achievements of QA learners, offer you the opportunity to sharpen your skills, and continue to learn from our network of trainers and industry experts.

The perks

Hall of Fame

 

The QA Hall of Fame shines a spotlight on the amazing achievements of our learners and the ways in which they shape the tech industry and give back to their communities. 

Meet Stephanie  

Steph was the first woman in the UK to complete a cyber security apprenticeship. Not only that – she achieved the highest possible grade, a distinction. 

How did you get into cyber? 

“I chose to do the cybersecurity apprenticeship because it offered a mix of theory and practical knowledge – as well as the opportunity to work in the industry and gain experience. I could apply new skills in a real-world security environment. Earning while you learn is a bonus too!” 

What’s your job like? 

“At HORIBA MIRA, I’ve learned so much about cybersecurity, particularly in the automotive domain. My knowledge ranges from building and programming tools to covering issues like data privacy – as well as becoming familiar with automotive cybersecurity standards. I’ve used what I learned in the classroom on networking and cryptography to further my understanding of how it’s used in vehicles. My apprenticeship has set me up for the challenges presented by securing modern vehicles.” 

Do you know someone who should be featured? Let us know at michael.corcoran@qa.com.

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What has your apprenticeship meant to you? 

Highlights for me are being employed in the fascinating world of automotive cybersecurity, the broad scope of subjects covered by the apprenticeship, and the wonderful people I have met along the way.

Stephanie Hayes, Cyber Security Apprentice at HORIBA MIRA

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Upcoming events

Every month we look to offer a range of free interactive sessions to support you in your learning journey. There are entry-level options, bite-sized sessions and hopefully something for everyone to enjoy. 

Bite-sized learning on-demand

Useful apps for career progression

If you are looking for something new from your career, or feel that it's time for a change then these apps could help you brush up on key career-seeking skills. Boost your CV. Get more organised. Take control of your career path.

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Ummo

Interviews and public speaking can be difficult and nerve-wracking which is why Ummo is the perfect app. Ummo is your personal public speaking coach – whether you’ve got a big interview or just want to sound like a pro in meetings. It even gives you a report card, including how well you avoid those umms and ers! 
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Side Hustle School 

Chris Guillebeau’s podcast, (he’s author of The $100 Startup), about people who’ve successfully turned their passions and side hustles into their main jobs. Prepare to be inspired! 
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Trello  

Picture a whiteboard covered with lists of sticky notes (tasks) – drag them all around, add checklists and attach files. A beautiful solo or team tool to organise all your projects, where they’re at, and what needs doing. Managing your time effectively is a great skill and is not always easy, however, Trello certainly improves the process and helps facilitate organising tasks.
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What we have been up to...

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QA completes the acquisition of Circus Street

 
QA, owned by CVC Capital Partners VI, today announced the acquisition of Circus Street, a global leader in providing commercial digital skills including ecommerce, data analytics and digital marketing skills through its subscription-based, proprietary digital platform.
 
 
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QA and Aspire for Her deliver coding workshop for more than 270 women of all ages

QA, the UK’s leading tech skills and talent provider, delivered its first joint coding workshop with India-based social start-up Aspire For Her on Sunday, teaching basic coding skills to members aged between 18 to 50 with no previous tech experience. 

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Fancy joining our virtual quiz?

We’ll shortly be announcing the date of our first-ever QA Community virtual quiz. Let us know what topic you’d like us to go for and what day of the week works for you. There will be lots of prizes up for grabs and it should be an opportunity for you to meet some fellow tech professionals. Watch this space for more details.

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