Linux training hits the road

By   |  October 28, 2005

Linux Holdings is planning to take open source training to smaller towns in South Africa and even beyond the country\’s borders with its \”Academy on Wheels\”.

Instead of setting up training academies in small towns, Linux Holdings have decided to take its existing academy to towns around the country.

Transport and accommodation costs are often prohibitive for small town students who have to travel to a training centre, says Linux Holdings MD, Kin Le Roux. \”We believe bringing the training to the student will not just save the student time and money but also give the student a reason why he or she should get Linux trained right now,\” he says.

Le Roux says starting a training academy in a small town does not make business sense. \”Setting up a whole training academy is quite expensive. You need to train quite a few students each month to keep the academy profitable. Small towns just do not have enough [prospective] customers to keep the academies profitable,\” says Le Roux.

\”Although Linux training is taking off it still is not as big a market as other IT training,\” he adds.

So Linux Holdings packs its computer equipment and takes its trainers on the road, hitting small towns that are otherwise left in the cold with regards to open source training.

The courses offered on the road trip will include Linux GUI and Linux essentials courses for intermediate users. Advanced Linux command line courses, based on LPI certification, can also be arranged on road trips, says Le Roux.

Linux Holdings plans to offer courses in Nelspruit next, with Swaziland and possibly Lesotho also on the roadmap.

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