Birmingham and Solihull New Technology Institute's (NTI) new state-of-the-art HQ facilities will be officially launched on the evening of next Tuesday when Mark Rogers, the managing director of Apple (UK, Ireland and Nordic Regions), will be the keynote speaker.
NTI operates one of the few Apple certified training centres outside London in partnership with near-neighbour UCE Birmingham's Technology Innovation Centre (TIC).
The Apple-certified courses delivered by TIC at NTI are comprehensive and designed to meet the needs of the region's media and IT professionals.
Mr Rogers said: "More and more high quality broadcast content is being created using Apple products such as Final Cut Pro, Motion, Shake and Logic.
"Having an Apple Certified Training Centre in the region where professionals can learn
how to create high quality media content is a real plus for the creative industries in the West Midlands."
NTI is a partnership involving colleges and universities throughout the West Midlands. For three years NTI in Birmingham has operated a training portal which has helped over 500 companies to find the training courses they need in Birmingham and Solihull.
It has also delivered subsidised IT-consultancy to companies which is resulting in new jobs and sales growth for the client companies.
The official opening of its own HQ, in Bartholomew Row, is a major milestone in the development of NTI's mission. It is now able to host seminars and skills courses in its new training rooms, seminar space and meeting facilities.
NTI in Birmingham's programme manager, Oliver Williams, said: "One of NTI's key aims is to give the region's education sector access to facilities that will enable them to deliver their own excellent business-to-business training.
"NTI's brand new, dedicated surroundings will offer business delegates a more familiar, learning environment which will make them feel more comfortable than conventional classroom locations. Our commercial clients will also have the opportunity of hiring these facilities and gaining the same benefits as our further and higher education partners."
The launch will be hosted by BT's regional director, Frank Mills, who is also chairman of the NTI in Birmingham. Guests will include the principals of Birmingham and Solihull's FE colleges, who will join Mary Martin, pro vice-chancellor of UCE Birmingham and other senior higher education sector delegates. The event will include interactive displays which will highlight the technological expertise available to trainees who attend courses at NTI in Birmingham.
NTI's new Bartholomew Row HQ has been operational since January. Its first activity entitled 'Five Days of Apple', invited local professionals to taster courses.
Attendees were able to gain hands-on experience of Apple courses and were advised as to how delegates could gain accreditation through the full courses. The taster events proved so popular that it is planned to run them again in May.