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.
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.
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.”
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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
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.
Teach the Nation to Code: Data Management
Teach the Nation to Code is a free interactive one-day workshop specifically designed for people who have not coded before - complete tech novices. The session aims to introduce some of the entry-level skills needed to start a career as a tech professional.
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Saturday 21 August 2021
Bite-sized learning on-demand
Photoshop Hints & Tips
An essential session for budding designers or interested novices. QA's Principal Technical Learning Specialist in Adobe, Richard O’Brien demonstrates all the tips, tricks and shortcuts you will need to rapidly improve your use of Adobe Photoshop, whatever your existing experience level.
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Microsoft Word for Long Documents
Whether it’s for reports, training manuals, bid or tender documents – you name it, this session will be beneficial. In this one hour session, you will learn how to quickly and easily format text to speed up the creation and formatting of longer documents, learn how to generate and maintain a table of contents and figures, and also how to manage the content of long documents using Word’s much-underused ‘Outline View’
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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.
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!
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!
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.
What we have been up to...
QA completes the acquisition of Circus Street
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.
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.