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Avnet Signs Global Contract to Deliver Lenovo’s Training Programme


Bracknell, UK, 8 February 2017:

Avnet Technology Solutions (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, has today announced its training division, Avnet Academy, is expanding its education portfolio to include comprehensive training courses for Lenovo’s System x and Flex products. This is now available to partners and their customers in all the countries where Avnet operates around the globe.

Avnet continues to invest in delivering IT training and certification services, principally around the high growth technologies that align with Avnet’s solutions specialist approach. Lenovo is an existing strategic supplier for Avnet, and this agreement will further support partners and their customers to develop, implement and maintain business solutions that rely on Lenovo technology.

IT education and certification training enables IT professionals to become more highly qualified. According to IDC*, certified IT professionals take training at a far greater rate than their uncertified colleagues. The study showed that certified professionals are:

  • Almost three times more likely to take classroom training
  • Seven times more likely to take self-paced e-learning courses
  • Ten times more likely to take instructor-led e-learning classes.

Stephen Ennis, director Education Services at Avnet Technology Solutions EMEA, said, “We’re providing our partners with tools and knowledge so they can offer training for end customers to accelerate their careers. With our Lenovo training path, we will help guide IT professionals to ensure they have the skills, certifications and tools needed to handle real-world, next-generation technology environments.”

Alex M. Badia, director, Data Center Group Services Training at Lenovo said, “As a leading solutions specialist, the launch of this program by Avnet makes it simpler for partners and their customers to build up knowledge and become more highly qualified, which in turn helps them to transform technology into business solutions and further accelerate their success.”

Supporting the new Lenovo agreement, Avnet in the UK and Germany are running pilot partner programmes to encourage the successful promotion of training. They will offer rewards for positioning training effectively, with the aim of driving accelerated growth in education services across EMEA.

* Source: Training Buyer Perception Survey, IDC, November 2015

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